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Great Atlantic & Pacific v. Supermarket Equipment (340 U.S. 147, 1950 Dec 04)

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    Graver Tank & Mfg. v. Linde Air Products [339 U.S. 605, 1950]

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[OBVIOUS] {1} The courts below concurred in finding that every element here claimed (except extension of the counter) was known to prior art. When, for the first time, those elements were put to work for the supermarket type of stores, although each performed the same mechanical function for them that it had been known to perform, they produced results more striking, perhaps, than in any previous utilization. To bring these devices together and apply them to save the time of customer and checker was a good idea, but scores of progressive ideas in business are not patentable, and we conclude on the findings below that this one was not.

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