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Who’s your daddy? Patent inventorship often turns on time of conception


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Abstract: A UCLA researcher temporarily joined a University of Pittsburgh lab to join in a research project. Following applications by the University, a patent was issued for a method developed during the project. The listed inventors included the UCLA researcher. The University of Pittsburgh filed an action seeking removal of all inventors except their own two researchers, arguing that they had completed conception of the invention before the other researchers contributed their efforts. UCLA disagreed, asserting that the Pittsburgh researchers were required to know that the invention contained every limitation of each patent claim at the time of conception. University of Pittsburgh v. Hedrick, No. 08-1468, 2009 (Fed. Cir.)

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