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Patent Law Keyed to Adelman
Metallizing Engineering Co. v. Kenyon Bearing & Auto Parts
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Plaintiff assigned a patent to Meduna concerning a new metalizing process. Metallizing is a process of replenishing worn metal parts of a machine by adding "spray metal" to the parts. The application for the patent was filed on August 6, 1942, but the Patent Law required that the invention not be in "public use" prior to a year before this date. Before August 6, 1941, Meduna had used the process for commercial gain, but it was kept as a closely guarded secret. When Kenyon (Defendant) later used the process, Plaintiff sued for infringement. Defendant claimed Plaintiff lost all patent rights with its earlier public use. The lower court ruled in favor of Plaintiff and Defendant appealed.
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