108 F. 963 (2nd Cir. 1901), 127, Sproull v. Pratt & Whitney Co.

Docket Nº:127.
Citation:108 F. 963
Case Date:May 07, 1901
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Page 963

108 F. 963 (2nd Cir. 1901)




No. 127.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

May 7, 1901

Page 964

De Lancy Kennedy was in his lifetime a citizen and resident of the state of New York, and died on or about January 16, 1893, leaving a last will and testament which was duly probated. The complainant, a citizen and resident of the state of New York, was appointed administratrix with the will annexed of his estate on September 24, 1894. The defendant is a corporation under the laws of the state of Connecticut. Prior to May 26, 1888, Kennedy was the owner of four letters patent of the United States,-- the first, No. 148,566, dated March 17, 1874, for a machine for applying power in implements used either for cutting, or shearing, or punching, which could be, and was, used for shearing without a punch, and which expired June 17, 1891; the second, No. 161,968, dated April 13, 1875, for a spiral punch, which expired on April 13, 1892; the third, No. 267,751, dated November 2, 1882, for an improvement on the spiral punch, which expired on February 17, 1895, in consequence of the expiration of a prior Canadian patent for the same invention; and the fourth, dated January 3, 1888, for a coupler to attach punches of different diameters to a punching machine, which will expire in 1905. The first three patents were issued to Kennedy as inventor. The fourth was issued to Alfred H. Raynal, who assigned it to Kennedy as inventor. On May 26, 1888, Kennedy, as party of the first part, entered into a written contract with the defendant. The essential parts of the agreement, after reciting the ownership of the patents, are as follows: 'The party of the first part hereby gives and grants unto the party of the second part, its successors and assigns, the sole and exclusive right, except as to parties above named, to whom license to manufacture has already been granted to manufacture in the United States of American and sell in the United States and other countries, the machines, punches, etc., under the aforesaid letters patent during the unexpired term thereof; also such other improvements therein as he may make of acquire during the continuance of this agreement. Said party of the first part further agrees to devote * * * his whole time for twelve months * * * to the introduction and sale * * * of the above-mentioned articles manufactured by the said party of the second part...

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