Split Fed. Circ. Keeps Patent Case Against Apple Alive

By Tiffany Hu (August 2, 2021, 9:20 PM EDT) -- Apple must face a lawsuit over its Apple Watch brought by a University of Michigan engineering professor who claims that he had the right to assign the patents to his company while on unpaid leave from the university, a split Federal Circuit ruled in a precedential opinion Monday.

In a 17-page opinion, the majority of a three-judge panel affirmed an Eastern District of Texas judge's decision that the University of Michigan's bylaws did not automatically assign professor Mohammed N. Islam's patents to the university, and rejected Apple's request to dismiss the lawsuit against it by Islam's company, Omni MedSci Inc....

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