Continental Paper Bag Co. v. Eastern Paper Bag Co.
|Continental Paper Bag Co. v. Eastern Paper Bag Co.|
|Argued April 15, 1908
Decided June 1, 1908
|Full case name||Continental Paper Bag Co. v. Eastern Paper Bag Co.|
|Citations||210 U.S. 405 (more)|
|It was not unreasonable for a patent owner to use existing equipment embodying old technology rather than to build new machines using new patents. Also, it was not unreasonable for the patent owner to refuse to license others to use its new patents.|
Continental Paper Bag Co. v. Eastern Paper Bag Co., 210 U.S. 405 (1908), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States established the principle that patent holders have no obligation to use their patent.
Eastern Paper Bag brought an action to prevent its competitor Continental Paper Bag from using its patent for a "self-opening" paper bag. Continental Paper Bag alleged that Eastern Paper Bag was not using its patent but simply trying to suppress competition.
Decision of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court rejected this argument by Continental Paper Bag, holding that it was the essence of the patent to exclude others without question of motive.
- List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 210
- Hartford-Empire Co. v. United States, 323 U.S. 386 (1945)
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- Hovenkamp, Herbert; Janis, Mark D.; Lemley, Mark A. (2005). "Unilateral Refusals to License in the U.S". Working Paper No. 303, Stanford Law School John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. doi:10.2139/ssrn.703161.
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