Samuel J. Miller & Co., a Partnership Composed of Samuel J. Miller, Henry J. Miller and Nathaniel Miller, for Itself And, As to Count Three, Also on Behalf of United States of America, Appellee, v. A. Schreter & Sons Company, Incorporated, Sidney H. Schreter, Leon M. Schreter, A. Harvey Schreter and Sidney H. Schreter and Daniel C. Joseph As Executors of the Estate of Abraham Schreter, Deceased, Appellants, 374 F.2d 510 (4th Cir. 1967)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 374 F.2d 510 (4th Cir. 1967) Argued February 9, 1967
Decided February 28, 1967

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore, Roszel C. Thomsen, Chief District Judge.

William D. Denson, New York City (Warren H. Rotert, New York City and Edward Pierson, Baltimore, Md., Morgan, Finnegan, Durham & Pine, New York City, and Pierson & Pierson, Baltimore, Md., on brief), for appellants.

John Martin Jones, Jr., Baltimore, Md., (Robert B. Barnhouse, Baltimore, Md., and Walter J. Blenko, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Blenko, Hoopes, Leonard & Buell, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Piper & Marbury, Baltimore, Md., on brief), for appellee.

Before BRYAN, WINTER and CRAVEN, Circuit Judges.


Patent No. 2,813,273, issued to Abraham Schreter on November 19, 1957, for a button-down necktie was declared invalid by the District Court at the suit of Samuel J. Miller & Co., a manufacturer of them. The decision went upon the finding that the invention claimed in the letters patent was described in printed publications and was in public use, and on sale in the United States by the defendant-appellant A. Schreter & Sons Company, Incorporated, and others, more than a year before the application for the patent. 35 U.S.C. 102(b). The present holders or owners of the patent are also defendants and appellants.

We affirm the declaration of the District Court upon the basis of its accompanying opinion, Samuel J. Miller & Co. v. A. Schreter & Sons Co., 246 F. Supp. 737 (D. Md. 1965).