Ropes & Gray Helps Squash Bar-Code Patents

Law360, New York (September 14, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With the wipe-out of inventor Jerome Lemelson’s controversial patent portfolio for the bar code scanner and industrial robotic vision, Ropes & Gray’s Fish & Neave unit can carve yet another notch in its belt.

The battle-tested IP boutique, now part of Boston’s legal powerhouse, represented bar-code scanner maker Symbol Technologies in successfully defeating one of the most lucrative – and widely criticized – patent portfolios in U.S. history.

Lemelson’s patent portfolio, heavily litigated over the years, has generated license agreements with more than 1,000 companies and...
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