So many cases develop, from time to time, involving
encroachment upon our legal rights in trade-marks, catalog
numbers, distinctive designs, and other indicia of the
origin of our numerous products, as to make expedient the
issue of this record of cases in which our rights have been
sustained and confirmed, either by adjudication, by default,
or by confession.
purpose in view is one both of enlightenment and of warning;
of enlightenment for those who may be ignorant of the law
governing the rights in question, and of warning to those
who hereafter, wittingly or unwittingly, may encroach upon
our legal rights, that we shall in every case vigorously
seek to protect them.
To those who sincerely desire to obey the Golden Rule, and
to understand what this implies in trademark matters, this
record will prove enlightening and helpful.
The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co.
From the Century Dictionary
Trade-mark : A distinguishing mark or device adopted by a
manufacturer, and impressed on his goods, labels, etc., to
indicate the origin or manufacturer.
The foundation of the protection afforded by the law to the
owners of trade-marks is in the injustice done to one whose
trade has acquired favor with the public if competitors are
allowed, by colorable imitation of methods first adopted and
continuously used by him for making his products
recognizable, to induce intending purchasers to take their
goods instead of his.