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Kemp Manure Spreader Patent Infringement Decision

A description of the item at Syracuse University

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Date: circa 1970

Biographical History

Joseph Sargent Kemp (1841-1922) was born in Stanstead, Quebec in Canada. He later moved with his family to New York, and in 1881 in Syracuse he formed Kemp & Burpee Manufacturing to build and market his manure spreader. The company merged with John Deere in 1911.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kemp Manure Spreader Patent Infringement Decision consists of a single volume of a report relating to Joseph Kemp's request for a decision regarding the patent legality of some improvements made to his manure spreader. The volume includes the typescript report prepared by Edward Wilhelm of Wilhelm and Bonner, patent attorneys from Buffalo, New York, and several pages of illustrations. The illustrations are the patent diagrams for various manure spreaders, with accompanying descriptions. The decision cleared the Kemp machine of most, but not all, claims of infringement.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


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Subject Headings


Kemp, Joseph Sargent.

Corporate Bodies

Kemp & Burpee Manufacturing Co.


Agricultural machinery -- Patents.
Patent infringement -- United States -- Cases.


Syracuse (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Legal documents.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Kemp Manure Spreader Patent Infringement Decision,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Steam Locomotive Research Collection, 1969.

Table of Contents

Legal documents