Protecting the Hutchinson Patents
In order to aggressively
protect their income flow, W. H. Hutchinson & Son incorporated detailed
patent information and terminology directly into their advertising
materials. The following
examples (reproduced because the originals are deteriorating) are from
the 1889 W. H. Hutchinson & Son Manufacturers and Dealers in Bottlers
THE HUTCHINSON PURE BLOCK TIN
PATENT SPRING STOPPER
Is now entering upon the tenth year of its
existence as the ONLY PERFECT Soda Water Stopper ever adopted by the
bottling industry of the United States and
Our Patent Spring Stopper is now in
successful use by over twenty-five hundred (2,500) Bottlers, with
the number constantly on the increase.
This fact is a higher testimonial to its
great superiority in every way over the “so called” Patent
Stopper…and should have the effect of insuring its early adoption by
those of the craft who are still using corks and other stoppers…The
validity of our various patents has stood the test of all the
Courts, HAVING WON EVERY SUIT EVER BROUGHT AGAINST THEM.
Patent Spring Stopper.
ALL OTHER SPRING STOPPERS ARE MERELY
IMITATIONS OF THIS, and as the mechanism cannot be used without
rendering the manufacturer liable for damages for infringement of
our patent, these Stoppers cannot have the fit, nor strength, nor
spring that the Hutchinson Stopper has, and we wish to warn our
customers against these imitations.
Whoever buys, uses, or sells any Stopper, other than the
Hutchinson Patent, held in both its Open and Closed positions by
means of a Lateral Spring, is infringing the Hutchinson Patent
Spring Stopper, and will be held liable for such infringements.
. Patent . Spring . Stopper
Is the only Stopper legally having those
claims; others are intended to deceive.
WARNING – Take
All Stoppers manufactured by W. H.
HUTCHINSON & SON have their Patent Mark stamped on the bottom of the
If you purchase any Stoppers of the same
construction as the Hutchinson,
which have not their Patent Mark on them, you are buying an
infringing Stopper, and are liable to us for the use of the same,
besides aiding rascality and dishonesty.
We put our Stoppers at a fair price, and
as the Patent is ours we expect to furnish all such Stoppers used,
and to prosecute all parties using or making infringing Stoppers.
W. H. HUTCHINSON & SON.