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Justices Told Patent Co-Owner Rights Rule Creates Conflict

Law360 (July 18, 2018, 6:40 PM EDT) -- Licensing company Advanced Video Technologies LLC has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Federal Circuit precedent that permits a co-owner of a patent to block another co-owner's infringement claims by refusing to join the suit, saying the rule creates a conflict in the rights of patent co-owners.

AVT argued in its July 12 petition for a writ of certiorari that a patent co-owner's ability to derail a suit by opting out contradicts a patent owner's right to recover damages for infringement.

"Current Federal Circuit law...
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