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USM Corp. v. SPS Technologies, Inc.
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Defendant manufactured industrial fasteners and owned a patent on a patch-type self-locking industrial fastener. Plaintiff sold a similar product. As part of a settlement of a prior case, Defendant granted Plaintiff a license allowing Plaintiff to continue using the patent, but required Plaintiff to pay royalties to Defendant. The agreement required Plaintiff to pay Defendant 25% of royalties it received from sublicensing the patent. However, if Plaintiff were to sublicense to any one of four companies that Defendant had previously licensed directly, Plaintiff had to pay 75% of the royalties received. In 1974, three years after the settlement, Plaintiff filed suit in an effort to invalidate Defendant's patent and get back the royalties paid. On summary judgment the district court dismissed the charge of patent misuse. Plaintiff appealed.
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