Patents: Lemelson in the News Again

On 11 Nov 2005 I posted an article on my nipc Invention blog on the Lemelson Center at The Smithsonian in Washington. The centre was made possible by a gift from a charity set up by the late Jerome H. Lemelson who was one of the most prolific inventors in the USA and an example to independent inventors everywhere.

I am indebted yet again to Dennis Crouch who has brought to my attention some litigation involving one of Mr Lemeslson’s patents (“Court invalidates more Lemelson Claims“). The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had already dismissed an appeal from the District Court invalidating several of Mr Lemelson’s claims because of unwarranted delays in prosecution which had somehow managed to extend the term of one of Mr Lemelson’s patents for years (see Mr Crouch’s commentary of 9 Sep 2005). In its response for a request for a rehearing the appeal court extended its censure of the claims in the patent in suit to all the claims of all associated patents (see the amended judgment of 16 Nov 2005).

Sometimes it makes sense to take “no” for an answer.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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