IBM Defeats Inventor's Trade Secrets Suit

Law360, New York (February 17, 2012, 7:23 PM EST) -- A California federal judge ruled Thursday that an inventor's trade secrets suit against IBM Corp. was time-barred because he couldn't show that his deceased mother, who had temporarily owned his intellectual property, was unaware of the computer giant's alleged misconduct.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton granted IBM's motion for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff Bruce Bierman could not show the statute of limitations on his trade secret misappropriation claims had been tolled for the period when his mother owned his intellectual property rights.

Bierman filed...
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