Rare Employment Agreement Order Ousts Patent Suit

Law360, New York (November 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An agreement an inventor inked with his former Silicon Valley employer, promising to hand over all his rights to the technology relevant to its business that he invented while there, has cost his co-inventor a patent suit against licensees of the electronic design automation system he helped create.

On Thursday, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California sided with a handful of EDA companies that had asked her to declare that the patent was uninfringed because it belonged...
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