Case Study: Enovsys V. Nextel Communications

Law360, New York (December 7, 2010, 12:43 PM EST) -- One important aspect of conducting due diligence for intellectual property acquisitions or valuations or for filing lawsuits is understanding who owns the intellectual property. Often overlooked in this process is the impact of community property laws. The recent case of Enovsys LLC v. Nextel Communications Inc. et al., 614 F.3d 1333 (Fed. Cir. 2010), provides a wake-up call for those conducting due diligence on the ownership of intellectual property.

In Enovsys the issue was whether a spouse of an inventor had rights — because of community...
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