Inventor's Claims Against Black & Decker Cut Down

Law360, New York (May 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An inventor who claimed Black & Decker stole his invention for a grass trimmer guard has lost his appeal to overturn a lower court’s dismissal of his suit.

Inventor Steven Byrne’s three-year battle with the power tool giant ended Monday, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirming summary judgment in the company’s favor.

The case was appealed by Byrne from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which granted judgment of non-infringement in favor of Black & Decker and...
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