Ex-Yahoo Worker Can't Duck Patent Row Under Anti-SLAPP

By Kat Greene (October 21, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT) -- A former Yahoo Inc. employee must face a suit alleging he stole a patent from the tech giant when he founded his own startup, a California judge ruled Tuesday rejecting the ex-worker's argument that Yahoo's trade secrets and patent suit violated his free speech rights.

Steven Clarke-Martin sought to ditch the suit with a motion to strike under California's anti-SLAPP statute — a law against suits meant to curtail free speech — but Judge Patricia M. Lucas on Tuesday ruled that the activity Yahoo went after in its suit wasn't covered under the law, according to court records.

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