Japan Court Awards Record Sum To Inventor

Law360, New York (January 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In what legal analysts say could be a precedent-setting case, Hitachi has been ordered to pay a former employee the largest compensation ever for an invention.

The Tokyo High Court on Thursday set aside a lower court’s ruling and raised the amount from 35 million yen to a record 163 million yen. The court annulled a November 2002 Tokyo District Court and added compensation for overseas patents.

Seiji Yonezawawas was awarded the amount for his development of technology to read data from optical disks such as...
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