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Graham v. John Deere Co.
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Graham (Plaintiff) submitted for patenting a plow chisel that, because of its flexible nature, supposedly had certain advantages when used in certain types of soil. The Patent Office denied the patent application, finding the design just an extension of the state of the art, and an obvious improvement on technology already in existence. The court of appeals affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court granted review.
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