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    STC.UNM v. Intel Stands

    by  • April 8, 2015 • patent • 0 Comments

    I’ve written in the past about a patent ownership stand-off, where, because of a mix-up in assignments and a disinterested possible co-owner, the interested owner cannot enforce the patent (original decision here and en banc decision here). The Supreme Court has refused to review the decision, so Ethicon, Inc. v. United States Surgical Corp.,...

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    Consideration Can Be a Failed Expectancy

    by  • February 3, 2015 • patent • 0 Comments

    I’ve written about MemoryLink Corp. v. Motorola Solutions, Inc. in the past (recursive link). Peter Strandwitz and Bob Kniskern, owners of plaintiff Memorylink, had collaborated with defendant Motorola Solutions on the development of a handheld camera that could wirelessly transmit and receive video signals. Standwitz and Kniskern trusted Motorola Solutions with filing patent applications...

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    Contracts 101

    by  • January 22, 2015 • patent • 0 Comments

    Patent law heavily involves interpretation of language. In addition to the construction of the claims themselves, it has an almost unintelligible set of rules for distinguishing licenses from assignments and special rules for the language one must use to assign a patent. But in Fort. v. Innegra Technologies, LLC, we have a more interesting...

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    Having Documents Helps

    by  • October 15, 2014 • copyright, patent, trademark • 0 Comments

    I usually write about ownership issues in the context of infringement claims. But I ran across a tax case where management (or actually, lack of management) of the ownership of the intellectual property ended up creating a tax deficiency on 29.6 million dollars. In 1976 William and Patricia Cavallaro started a contract manufacturing company,...

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    It’s All About the Words

    by  • October 2, 2014 • patent • 0 Comments

    Here’s a short one. We have co-inventors, the relevant one is James McGhie. He was an inventor on a patent of which the patent-in-suit was a continuation-in-part. McGhie assigned the original patent to the predecessor-in-interest of the plaintiff, but didn’t assign his ownership of the continuation-in-part. The plaintiff argued that the assignment of the...

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    A Partner is Not Hired to Invent

    by  • September 4, 2014 • patent • 0 Comments

    We have an interesting “employed to invent” story which arose in what I suspect can be the most common of situations—two people invent a product, form a company to commercialize it, file a patent application, and then have a falling out before the patent application is even completed. Who owns the patent? In Legacy...

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    A Patent Assignment Isn’t Rescinded Just Because You Say So

    by  • July 10, 2014 • patent • 1 Comment

    In December, 2010, plaintiff Dominion Assets assigned its patents to non-party Acacia Patent Acquisition, LLC, a subsidiary of the notorious non-practicing entity Acacia Research Corp., for Acacia to monetize. Below is the operative assignment language: If you can’t read the image, it says: Effective immediately upon the date of Acceptable Completion as set forth...

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