abandonment of invention
Voluntary declaration of a purpose to abandon or conduct inconsistent with the right to obtain patent protection. Electric Storage Battery Co. v Shimadzu, 307 US 5, 83 L Ed 1071, 59 S Ct 675. If an inventor, after perfecting his invention and applying for a patent, and thereby irretrievably committing himself to the proposition that his invention is ripe for introduction to the public, accept the decision rejecting his application, and cast aside his invention as no longer of any value to him, he thereby makes it forever public property and forever abandons it. See Consolidated Fruit Jar Co. v Bellaire Stamping Co. (CC Ohio) 27 F 337, 381.

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