GE Wins Ownership Dispute With Ex-Worker Over Wind Patent

Law360, New York (December 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EST) -- A California federal judge found Thursday that General Electric Corp. had full ownership of a wind turbine patent, rebuking a former GE engineer for giving deceptive testimony and shooting down claims that the engineer helped invent the technology.

After a six-day bench trial, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill issued a judgment that ruled against electrical engineer Thomas Wilkins' claims that he was an unnamed inventor of GE's U.S. Patent Number 6,921,985, which covers technology used in wind turbine generators.

Though Wilkins testified at trial that...
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