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The following drawing, being Fig. 1 of the patent, shows the kind of gate more readily than would an extended description: .

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The defendant has also a patent for a folding gate, No. 358,956, dated March 8, 1887. The particular gate complained of is slightly modified from his patent, and is shown below:

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The modification consists in having the central and outer-end uprights supported from the base, instead of being hung from a transverse rod above. The circuit judge held that such a gate did not infringe the first claim of complainant's patent. To determine that question, it is first necessary to settle what construction is to be put upon the patent. An examination of the art shows that the invention of Maddox & Humphries was not of that primary, pioneer, or fundamental character which admits of a broad and comprehen

sive interpretation of its claims. Folding gates were old. Some of them consisted mainly of upright bars or rods, called "pickets," connected together so as to admit of their being moved back against the door jamb, or extended therefrom. Others consisted mainly of diagonal intersecting rods, so arranged as to form the movable lat. ticework known as a "lazy tongs.” In some instances the support for the outer end rested on a base; in others, it was suspended from above. The defendant contends that the patent in suit must be restricted to a gate in which the pickets are the characteristic feature, and that it is not infringed by his own gate, in which the latticework or lazy tongs is the characteristic feature. In both gates—in fact, apparently, in all folding gates—the upright next the inner jamb is in no proper sense a picket at all. It is fastened rigidly, has no movement of its own, and is practically only the permanent support, upon which the mechanically operating combination of lazy tongs, cross braces, bars, pickets, or what not, is bottomed. It has no different function from that of the gate post itself, into which, in the older varieties of lazy-tongs gates (Merritt, 6,957; Bresee, 60,678), the inner end of the latticework was inserted. Lattice or lazytongs gates had also, before the patent in suit, been provided with an upright at the outer end, so pivoted to the lazy tongs that at one point the pivot had no vertical motion, while at the other points the vertical motion induced by the operation of the gate was provided for by allowing the pivots to play in slots in the upright. Such devices are shown in Frazee, 172,852, and in Snead, 67,143; the following sketch being Fig. 1 of the last-cited patent:

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The fixed pivots in the jamb upright and in the movable or sliding upright, F, F, are in the same horizontal plane; and inspection of the movement of a lazy tongs when in operation shows that if it is to be fastened to objects which are themselves to have no vertical motion, and is also to be given free play, the fixed pivots (i. e. fixed, in the sense of having no vertical motion) must be located in the same horizontal plane. Looking at the Snead gate, it is manifest

that, the greater the space it has to close, the weaker it will be; having nothing to support it when open, except at the ends. The gate of defendant meets this difficulty by means of a central support to which the lazy tongs are pivoted by a fixed pivot, in the same horizontal plane as the fixed pivots at the jamb and outer movable upright, while the other connections between the lazy tongs and the central upright are made to slide vertically, thus avoiding any vertical motion in the upright itself. In the complainant's gate the central upright or pivot is arranged in like manner, the plane of fixed pivots being locateď centrally in complainant's gate, and at the bottom in defendant's. In this device of a central upright support for a folding gate arranged to be pivoted to the latticework in the same way as the outer upright, namely, with the fixed pivot in the same horizontal plane as is the pivot which fastens the latticework to the jamb upright, it is hard to see any patentable invention. It is not necessary, however, to pass upon that point. The complainant has no claim for that single simple improvement, and a brief review of the history of his application shows that the claim here relied on is only for a combination, which his assignors have specific ally described, and to which description they must, in view of the state of the art, be closely confined.

In 1877, Maddox, one of the patentees of the patent in suit, took out a patent for a folding gate, No. 191,984, shown below:

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It consisted of a series of sliding vertical bars, linked together, in two or more lines of connection, by knuckle joints, with stops; the whole being arranged to be drawn out from the wall so as to fill up the space in the hallway, and fold up close together again against the wall, into a small compass. In the specification of the patent in suit, it is stated that the invention of the patentees, Maddox & Humphries, "has for its object to improve the gate for hallways and other places for which the patent [last above referred to] was granted to Maddox, (which patent] consists in a series of vertical pickets or bars connected

by knuckle joints with

stops.” In the specification as given in their original application, they state that their improvement consists in "combining a series of cross and connecting braces with the sliding pickets, instead of employing the knuckle joints, for the purpose of strengthening and bracing the gate during its movements, * and in adapting the pickets to be held parallel to each other during their movements in opening and closing the gate.” The original application was rejected on reference to the Maddox gate, and, in part, on reference to patent to Powell, 138,527. This last-named patent shows a folding gate consisting of a single row of lazy tongs, with a series of upright rods at each intersection of the arms composing the lazy tongs; the function of the uprights being to act as a support to the gate, when extended, and also to obstruct the open space between the gate and the ground. Powell's pickets, however, were not so affixed to the gate as to be vertically immovable during the operation of opening and closing. In reply to this rejection, Maddox & Humphries called the attention of the patent office to the defect of the Maddox gate, viz. that the knuckle joints were effective to hold the pickets apart only when the gate is opened to its fullest extent, -the pickets at other times falling against each other, or spreading apart,--and pointed out how their improvement of cross braces connected with every picket of the series so as to keep them parallel at all times, and without vertical motion, overcame that defect, explaining that the brace bar, H, of the Maddox patent, could not perform the functions of their "cross and connecting braces" because (although connected with the jamb picket and outer picket] it was not connected with the intermediate pickets. In reply to the reference to Powell, they say: "In Maddox & Humphries' gate the main feature consists in the vertical sliding pickets, the other devices being subordinate, and adapted as one means for moving the pickets. In Powell's gate the main feature is the lazy tongs, the vertical rods

being subordinate, and used to prevent the gate from bowing when extended, and incidentally to partially obstruct the space under the extended gate.

The rods (of Powell] are not sliding pickets, but incidental devices for supporting the gate on a broad base when extended. Maddox & Humphries construct their gate mainly of sliding pickets, so arranged as to slide on the ground in a horizontal plane," etc.

The applicants also changed the specification touching the statement of their improvement from the form above quoted to the following: "Our improvements

consist-First, in so combining a series of cross and connecting braces or bars with the pickets-instead of employing knuckle joints—as to strengthen and support the gate, and adapt it to slide upon its support without changing the vertical position of the pickets, and at the same time preserving their parallelism when the gate is opening and closing.”

Manifestly, the “gate” which is here spoken of as "sliding upon its support" is the picket gate depicted in the drawings annexed to the original Maddox patent, and to the patent for the improvement of Maddox & Humphries. Inspection of the defendant's gate shows that it is essentially not a picket gate, but a lazy-tongs gate, with a single central support, and therefore it does not infringe. Decree of circuit court is affirmed.

HARRISON V. MAYNARD, MERRILL & co.
(Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. May 29, 1894.)

No. 137.
COPYRIGHT-INFRINGEMENT-RESTRICTION ON SALES BY PURCHASERS.

The owner of a copyright, who has transferred the title to copyrighted books under an agreement restricting their use, cannot restrain, by virtue of the copyright statutes, sales of said books in violation of the agreement; he is confined to his remedies for the breach of contract. Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

This was a suit by Maynard, Merrill & Co., a corporation, against William Beverley Harrison, for infringement of copyright. The circuit court granted an injunction pendente lite. Defendant appealed. Rowland Cox, for appellant. Payson Merrill, for appellee. Before WALLACE and SHIPMAN, Circuit Judges.

SHIPMAN, Circuit Judge. The complainant, Maynard, Merrill & Co., a corporation duly created under the laws of the state of New York, and having its principal office in the city of New York, was, in June, 1893, the owner of the copyright of a book entitled "Introductory Language Work," of which Alonzo Reed was the author, and which had been duly copyrighted by him in July, 1891, under the laws of the United States respecting copyrights. The complainant is a book publisher, and has been in the habit of sending the printed and unbound, sheets of this book, and of other books which it published, to George W. Alexander's book bindery, in the city of New York, to be stored there until it gave Mr. Alexander an order to bind a specified quantity, who would sometimes bind a lot in anticipation of such orders. On June 21, 1893, a destructive fire occurred in this bindery, the result of which was, as the complainant supposed, to destroy the commercial value of all the property which it had in the building. One of its employes, at its request, examined the debris, and reported that there was nothing of value which the complainant could use in the manufacture or sale of books. Alexander thereupon sold the entire debris, which had fallen into the cellar, to one Fitzgerald, who resold it,

without moving it, to some Italian dealers in waste paper, and, in ' order to prevent them from using the paper and books for other pur

poses than paper stock, incorporated the following provision in the contract of sale: "It is understood that all paper taken out of the building is to be utilized as paper stock, and all books to be sold as paper stock only, and not placed on the market as anything else.” The cellar was cleared of this class of material, and subsequently a quantity of damaged copies of "Introductory Language Work” appeared in the market, as owned and offered for sale by the defendant, William Beverley Harrison, a dealer in second-hand books, and a citizen of the state of New York, and residing in the city of New

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