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In re Mann
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
861 F.2d 1581, 8 U.S.P.Q.2d 2030 (1988)
Phylliss Mann applied for a patent on a design for a wrought-iron table. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) rejected Mann’s application on the ground that the design had been displayed at a trade show more than a year before the application was filed, thus invoking the statutory public-use bar. Mann appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arguing that display at a trade show was distinct from the use of a table for its ordinary purpose.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rich, J.)
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