Fed. Circ. Axes Dog Aid Patent That Omitted Inventor’s Vet

Law360 (May 4, 2018, 9:22 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that a man who claimed to be the sole inventor doomed his chances of obtaining a patent on a device to help dogs walk after surgery by failing to name his dog’s veterinarian as a co-inventor, because she came up with a key aspect of the invention.

The appeals court affirmed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to reject Jeff H. VerHoef’s patent application under a law that requires patents to name the correct inventors of the invention and bars...
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Case Information

Case Title

In re: Verhoef

Case Number



Appellate - Federal Circuit

Nature of Suit

Date Filed

May 2, 2017

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