Appeals Court Denies Med Student Co-Inventorship

Law360, New York (January 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A former Columbia University medical student who claimed he helped develop a treatment for glaucoma will not be listed as a co-inventor on the patent, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The appeals court upheld a lower court decision that said that although Fredric A. Stern conducted experiments for patent holder Laszlo Bito, he did not contribute significantly to the invention.

The three-judge panel ruled that “conception is the touchstone of inventorship” and that each inventor listed on the patent must have contributed to the idea...
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