A Contested Patent

by Laurel | January 26th, 2007

[Adapted from the Holyoke Transcript, December 1882. Interesting this concerns an invention by a woman.]

Some time ago notice was made of the patenting of an invention by Mary Martin, an employe of Buchanan & Bolt’s Fourdrinier wire works, of an improved seam for dandy rolls, which leaves no mark on the paper and has other advantages over the seam previously in use. The patent runs for seventeen years and the improvement is now in use in the manufactory of Buchanan, Bolt & Co. Quite a contest is likely to arise over this patent by a claim which has lately been put forth by Cheney, Bigelow & Co. of Springfield. Their claim is that the one previously invented and used has been assigned to them, and that the new one is an infringement on that patent, and they have sent an open circular to various manufactories warning them against making use of the manufacture of Buchanan, Bolt & Co. The new seam differs in important particulars from the old one, and those who are now using it do not, of course, believe that the claim of infringement will be maintained, and will defend their rights in the matter. It is an important thing to the firm in this city and there will probably be a legal contest.

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Fourdrinier Paper-Making Machine
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