The case of the omitted inventor.

  title={The case of the omitted inventor.},
  author={Maurice M. Klee},
  journal={IEEE engineering in medicine and biology magazine : the quarterly magazine of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society},
  volume={17 3},
What happens when an inventor who made a very small contribution to an invention is left off a patent? Can a company charged with infringement obtain a license from the omitted inventor and so scot free? That was the question before the court in the recent case of Ethicon v. U.S. Surgical. The answer the court gave was yes. The case involved surgical instruments, known as trocars, used to perform minimally invasive abdominal surgery. Ethicon obtained an exclusive license to a patent of Dr… CONTINUE READING

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