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On March 9, 1964 the Supreme Court handed down the companion cases of Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Stiffel Co. and Compco Corp. v. Day-Brite Lighting, Inc. Justice Black, speaking for the Court, ruled that it was not consonant with the federal patent laws for the State of Illinois to enjoin the copying of an unpatented or unpatentable article, irrespective of whether the copying resulted in confusion of the public. Because of the implications of these cases and their potential effect on several related areas of the law, the Editors of the Columbia Law Review have invited several eminent scholars to comment upon the opinions.

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