The case of Warren E. Collins Inc. vs Emerson in which action was started last winter has been postponed until the early part of January. The case has been postponed several times previously and was last scheduled to be tried next month.
Philip Drinker, associate professor of Industrial Hygiene at the Medical School, several years ago invented a respirator the rights to which were sold to the Collins Company according to Drinker. Subsequently J. H. Emerson of Cambridge invented and manufactured a simpler and less expensive machine which the Collins Company claims infringes upon their patents. As a result of the long litigation the University has ruled that the patents for all inventions perfected in University laboratories that affect public health should be taken in the name of the Corporation.