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Professor Sues IP Manager, Law Firm For Abandoning $20M Patent

Law360 (September 2, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Johns Hopkins Hospital neurosurgery professor has sued the intellectual property management company Computer Patent Annuities and the law firm Holland & Knight for causing the abandonment of a patent worth $20 million by failing to pay the annual maintenance fee for a Japanese patent for the pain reliever Clonidine.

In his complaint, Dr. James N. Campbell alleges he has lost as much as $20 million because the annual maintenance fee, estimated at less than $1,000, was not paid.

The Japanese patent, issued in 1998, was...
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