Jury Says Japanese Co. Ripped Off Harvard's IP, Owes $1.4M

Law360 (May 9, 2019, 10:55 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal jury found Thursday that Japanese optical device maker Hamamatsu ripped off patented "black silicon" technology created by a Harvard professor after agreeing not to publicly reveal the technology, and awarded the professor's company SiOnyx nearly $1.4 million.

After deliberating for roughly a day following a 12-day trial, the Boston jury returned with a verdict entirely in favor of SiOnyx LLC, which was co-founded by Harvard professor Eric Mazur and the President and Fellows of Harvard College, one of the school's two governing boards. The jury found that U.S. subsidiary Hamamatsu Corp. breached its nondisclosure agreement with SiOnyx and...

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