Procter & Gamble, Attorney Accused of Stealing Idea

Law360, New York (September 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An inventor from New Jersey is levying a slew of charges, including patent infringement, conspiracy and theft, against a patent attorney and Procter & Gamble, alleging that a key component of his invention was omitted from his patent application and ended up in Procter & Gamble’s products.

The lawsuit—filed on Tuesday on behalf of Keith Whittle—includes seven claims for relief, and names Procter & Gamble, attorney Theodore P. Cummings and his wife Tracy Cummings as defendants.

Theodore Cummings agreed to represent the plaintiff before the U.S....
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