Inventor Who Prosecuted Own Patents Loses Appeal

Law360, New York (October 11, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeal was struck down on Wednesday in a case involving an inventor who began prosecuting his own patent applications because he felt he understood the technology better than any lawyer but then made mistakes that led a court to invalidate the patents.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision that 15 patents issued to Ole K. Nilssen are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Nilssen had tried to enforce the patents, which...
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