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United States Supreme Court


No. 316

Argued: Decided: May 8, 1933

Messrs. Thomas D. Thacher, Sol. Gen., of Washington, D. C., Charles B. Rugg, Asst. Atty. Gen., Alexander Holtzoff, Sp. Asst. to Atty. Gen., Paul D. Miller, of Washington, D. C., and H. Brian Holland, of Philadelphia, Pa ., for the United States.

Messrs. James H. Hughes, Jr., and E. Ennalls Berl, both of Wilmington, Del. (Messrs. Ward & Gray, of Wilmington, Del., and John B. Brady, of Washington, D. C., of counsel), for respondent.

For opinion below, see 59 F.(2d) 381. Ordered that the opinion in this case ( 289 U.S. 178 , 53 S. Ct. 554, 77 L. Ed. --) be amended as follows:

By striking out the following paragraph:

    'Moreover no court could, however clear the proof of such a contract, order the execution of an assignment. No act of Congress has been called to our attention authorizing the United States to take a patent or to hold one by assignment. No statutory authority exists for the transfer of a patent to any department or officer of the Government, or for the administration of patents, or the issuance of licenses on behalf of the United States. In these circumstances no publi policy requires us to deprive the inventor of his exclusive rights as respects the general public and to lodge them in a dead hand incapable of turning the patent to account for the benefit of the public.'

now appearing on page 12 of said opinion.[ U.S. v. Dubilier Condenser Corporation. 289 U.S. 706 (1933) ]

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