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    Hughes Vs. Bendix Patent court case.
    From: Douglas Denny
    Date: 2009 Jul 2, 15:38 -0700

    For your interest.
    Whilst making some researches into Mr. Everitt of Henry Hughes and Son I came 
    acros this reference  which gives details of a court case in 1957 between 
    Bendix and HH and Son, regarding the averaging mechanism and shutter of the 
    MkIX sextant which was given to the Americans in WW2 and subsequently used 
    commercially to Bendix's advantage after the war.  Smiths (who presumably 
    owned HH and Son) won the case.
    Mr Everitt was the person who designed the optical system for the MkIX bubble sextant.
    According to this court suit, it seems he was also responsible for designing 
    the shutter device on the clockwork averaging Mk IX sextant.
    It has never been fully recognised by the Americans I think, that they were 
    very lucky to be given priceless inventions from GB with absolutely no 
    strings attached in the war, which would have helped GB considerably 
    afterwards to get out of the bankruptcy it was in post war. (On the other 
    hand, we might have been all speaking German now I suppose).
    Britain should have insisted on making patents and retaining them for 
    commercial use after the war in my opinion,  as with this Bendix/Smiths case: 
    with the magnetron (and hence obtain some return on all radar industries post 
    war);  the Whittle jet engine (and hence all jet engine manufacture post 
    war); the proximity fuse (and very profitable arms manufacture for this 
    device post war); and progammable electronic computer technology as with 
    I believe it was on Churchill's orders that these secret cutting-edge 
    technologies were given gratis to the Americans as he wanted to not only show 
    absolute confidence and solidarity with the Americans for their support, but 
    prove it uniquivocally with suitable action.
    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.
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