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Aro Manufacturing Co., Inc. v. Convertible Top Replacement Co., Inc.
United States Supreme Court
377 U.S. 476 (1964)
Convertible Top Replacement Company, Incorporated (CTR) (plaintiff) supplied convertible tops. Aro Manufacturing Company, Incorporated (Aro) (defendant) supplied fabrics for use in repairing convertible tops. In violation of CTR’s patent rights, Aro supplied fabric to car owners who were repairing their convertible tops. CTR sent multiple letters informing Aro that the convertible tops had only been licensed to General Motors, meaning that Aro’s activity infringed on CTR’s patent. CTR sued Aro for contributory infringement of its patent on convertible tops. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
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