Do Joint Inventors Have to be Friends? (PDF)
Select a format
The court affirmed the dismissal a 35 USC 256 action stating that "the independent relationship between-[two competing] teams of scientists, and the nature of-[the indirect] communication of information [from one of the two teams to the other of the two teams], do not support joint invention..." The problem seemed to be that the two competing teams of scientists were not friends. But does that mean that they can't have been joint inventors?
Charles L. Gholz is a Partner in Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP; Alexandria, Virginia. His direct dial telephone number is 703/412-6485, and his email address is email@example.com.
Ask the LexisNexis experts - and get a complete answer based on today's law.
An authoritative analysis of important cases, codes, statutes, rulings, emerging issues or legal topics is available now - through LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis. The brain trust of LexisNexis authors - thousands of recognized authorities who develop the respected Matthew Bender®, Mealey's and Martindale-Hubbell® treatises and articles - produce this highly specific content. Each commentary covers an important case, code, statute, ruling or emerging issue such as subprime, nanotechnology, or climate change. More current and concentrated than treatises and more analytical than news, Emerging Issues Analysis bridges the information gap between the two, providing quick expert analysis of current developments in law.
Emerging Issues Analysis PDFs should be purchased individually or accessed through Lexis.com if you have a subscription.