The Federal Circuit revived a patent infringement case last Friday.  The court held that IpVenture solely owned the patent-in-suit.  An old agreement "to assign" all inventions to Hewlett-Packard hadn’t effected a present assignment.  Plus H-P disclaimed any interest in the patent.  IpVenture therefore did have standing to bring the case and didn’t have to join H-P as a party.  IpVenture, Inc. v. ProStar Computer, Inc., Nos. 06-1012 & 06-1081 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 28, 2007) (reversing dismissal).

Barry Barnett

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