Judge Dismisses IP Suit After Awarding IBM Patents

Law360, New York (April 18, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in New York on Friday tossed a lawsuit by the inventor of a graphical user interface that was developed while she worked at IBM Corp., ruling that Big Blue owned the patents under its employee agreement.

U.S. District Court Judge John G. Koeltl found that IBM's intellectual property agreement with the inventor, Michelle Baker, who worked part-time at a company lab, gives ownership of the patents to IBM instead of to her two companies that were assigned patent rights, Picture Patents LLC and...
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