Judge Rules For Yale In Patent Dispute With Former Professor

Law360 (February 15, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- In the latest chapter in a decade-old feud, a federal judge in Connecticut has found that an 87-year-old former Yale University professor stole his own invention by secretly patenting a technology that won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry three years ago.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Christopher Droney of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ordered Nobel laureate John Fenn to pay his former employer $545,000 in royalties and penalties, as well as Yale's legal bills of nearly $500,000.

The dispute, which goes back more than a decade, centers on the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,130,538,...

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