High Court Won't Review 'Automatic Assignment' Patent Rule

By Kevin Penton (June 27, 2016, 5:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a case in which a former Seagate Technology LLC scientist argued he was wrongly omitted as an inventor on six patents because of the Federal Circuit's "automatic assignment" rule.

The high court did not expand on its rationale for rejecting the March petition for certiorari filed by Alexander Shukh, a scientist in semiconductor physics who challenged the rule as ill-advised and incompatible with both common sense and the law.

Counsel for the parties could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Laid out in a 1991 Federal Circuit case called FilmTec, the...

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