Heir’s Patent Right Not A Question Of Federal Law

Law360, New York (May 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit distinguishing its recent announcement that federal law controls standing determinations in patent cases (see IP Update, Vol. 11, No. 3) held that Japanese intestacy law controlled the issue of whether title to a U.S. patent had transferred to an heir. Akira Akazawa v. Link New Technology International, Inc., Case No. 07-1184 (Fed. Cir., March 31, 2008) (Archer, J.).

The only named inventor of the patent in question, Yasumasa Akazawa, passed away in Japan without preparing a will....
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