When Du Pont ran short of office space during World War II, its engineers designed a new L-shaped desk which was, in effect, a small semi-enclosed office. The desk had a 6-ft. partition attached to two sides, could be moved anywhere on an open floor. By grouping them judiciously, Du Pont found that it could save 30% of its floor space.

Last week, Du Pont, having decided that it didn't want to get into the furniture business, granted royalty-free licenses on its design to seven manufacturers. Among them: the Art Metal Construction Co. of Jamestown, N.Y. and the Globe-Wernicke Co. of...

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