Federal Circuit Rules Against Bar-Code Inventor In Closely Watched Patent Case

Law360 (September 12, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Dealing a blow to the estate of inventor Jerome Lemelson, a federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision to invalidate key patents for the bar code scanner and industrial robotic vision in a case involving licensing deals worth billions of dollars.

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that 14 of Lemelson's critical patents were unenforceable in a case brought by companies including Cognex Corp., the world's largest maker of machine vision, and Symbol Technologies...
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