Citation Edit

LeRoy v. Tatham, 55 U.S. (How.) 156 (1852) (full-text).

U.S. Supreme Court Proceedings Edit

The U.S. Supreme Court said that a "principle, in the abstract, is a fundamental truth; an original cause; a motive; these cannot be patented, as no one can claim in either of them an exclusive right."[1]


  1. Id. at 175, quoted in Gottschalk v. Benson, 409 U.S. 63, 67, 175 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 673, 675 (1972)(full-text).
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