U.S. Supreme Court
Fuller v. Yentzer, 94 U.S. 288 (1876)
Fuller v. Yentzer
94 U.S. 288
1. The alleged new and useful improvement in mechanism for marking cloth in sewing machines, for which letters patent No. 28,633, bearing date June 5, 1860, were issued to Henry W. Fuller and Anthony W. Goodell, consists only of a combination of old elements or ingredients constituting an apparatus for effecting the results described in the specification.
2. The rights of the holder of such a patent are not infringed unless it appears that, without his authority, the entire combination is made, used, or sold.
3. The apparatus used by the respondents, and that for which said letters patent were awarded described, and the conclusion reached that they essentially differ in their construction and mode of operation.