Fed. Circ. Boots Network Patent Owner From Broadcom Suit

Law360, New York (November 7, 2014, 7:20 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday ruled in a wireless network patent suit against Broadcom Corp. and others that the legal owner of the patent lacked standing to sue because it had transferred all substantial rights to the patent to an exclusive licensee.

The appellate panel affirmed a lower court ruling that an agreement between patent owner Tri-County Excelsior Foundation and Azure Networks LLC transferred virtually all rights to the patent — including litigation control and licensing power — to Azure, rendering it the effective owner and the license an effective assignment.

"Because we agree that the agreement between Tri-County and Azure...

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