Inventor Can't Back Out Of Sony Patent Settlement: Judge

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge ruled Monday that an inventor must abide by a $300,000 settlement he reached with Sony Electronics Inc. over alleged infringement of his patents for vibrating game controllers, finding the agreement is supported by consideration.

U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper held that Craig Thorner's August deal to dismiss all claims in the litigation and grant Sony full releases and covenants-against-suit with respect to Thorner's patents and patent applications in exchange for $300,000 was an enforceable contract, since Sony's promise to pay...
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