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United States Statutes at Large/Volume 3/15th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 19

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Feb. 15, 1819.
Chap. XIX.—An Act to extend the jurisdiction of the circuit courts of the United States to cases arising under the law relating to patents.

The circuit courts to have original cognisance, in equity and at law, in controversies respecting the right to inventions and writings.
Act of Feb. 21, 1793, ch. 11.
Act of May 31, 1790, ch. 15.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the circuit courts of the United States shall have original cognisance, as well in equity as at law, of all actions, suits, controversies, and cases, arising under any law of the United States, granting or confirming to authors or inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings, inventions, and discoveries: and upon any bill in equity, filed by any party aggrieved in any such cases, shall have authority to grant injunctions, according to the course and principles of courts of equity, to prevent the violation of the rights of any authors or inventors, secured to them by any laws of the United States, on such terms and conditions as the said courts may deem fit and Proviso.reasonable: Provided, however, That from all judgments and decrees of any circuit courts, rendered in the premises, a writ of error or appeal, as the case may require, shall lie to the Supreme court of the United States, in the same manner, and under the same circumstances, as is now provided by law in other judgments and decrees of such circuit courts.

Approved, February 15, 1819.