July 30, 2013
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- 291k90(7) k. Suggestions to Inventor and Outside Aid.
One who made a valuable suggestion to the conceiver of the idea of substituting, in a feather duster, feathers of the common domestic fowls in place of ostrich feathers, while he was engaged in a series of experiments with a view to discover some means whereby such feathers might be made pliable, did not, thereby, become the inventor of the duster.
National Feather-Duster Co. v. Hibbard, 9 F.558 (N.D. Ill. 1881)