Contractors Can Stay In IP Case As 3rd Parties, Judge Says

Law360, New York (April 26, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The repeal of an obsolete World War II-era federal statute did not eviscerate the ability of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to exercise subject matter jurisdiction over third-party defendants under the court's Rule 14, a federal judge overseeing a patent infringement suit ruled Thursday.

COFC Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams ruled that government contractors GHSP Inc. and AM General LLC can remain third-party defendants in a patent infringement action against the U.S. by patent holders UUSI LLC and Oldnar Corp.

UUSI and Oldnar had argued...
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