Inventors Can Sue Hitachi, WD For Infringing Coating

Law360, Los Angeles (August 29, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Monday ended a move by hard drive makers Hitachi Ltd. and Western Digital Technologies Inc. to dismiss an infringement suit over a diamond-like coating, ruling the patent holders had standing to sue.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward held that two patents that the University of Texas at Dallas transferred to plaintiffs Carl Collins and Farzin Davanloo in 2001 weren’t a continuation of an older U.S. Navy-funded patent, so that UTD didn’t have to follow the protocol in the federal Bayh-Dole...
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