A. & P. Tea Co. v. Supermarket Corp. SKH

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Summary

  • Concerns a cashiers cart "invention"
  • Combination of older things
  • Plaintiff argued that nothing new was invented, but simply an extension of the counter
  • Lower courts agreed with the defendant that patents were valid

Decision

  • Supreme Court ruled that patent was invalid based on known prior art and a simple combination of that prior art
  • Didn't take much effort to create
  • "commercial success without invention will not make patentability"

Concurring Opinion

  • Went on a rant about the SC concerning itself with trivial matters
  • Talked about placing checks on the Patent Office