Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nortel Patent contracts and ownership.

Docket # 3774 on the Epiq web site contains a letter entered into court records in Canada and the USA by a Nortel inventor who was awarded 80 patents and, in the normal process as a Nortel employee, signed them over to Nortel for "valuable consideration".

The writer disputes that Nortel lived up to it's agreement with him in providing the compensation, insurance, and pension elements of the "valuable consideration" as part of his patent assignment contract with Nortel. The writer is disputing Nortel's claim to ownership of the patents as a result, and questions the ability of Nortel to offer these patents for sale to potential buyers.

All the patents in Nortel's portfolio were invented by Nortel employees. Most of these inventors are no longer working for Nortel, and it is highly likely that many of them have been negatively impacted by the Bankruptcy filing.

Those people who were awarded patents whilst working for Nortel, should check the docket to understand the writer's claims. It may have some validity, and individual inventors may have claims on the patents they obtained whilst working for Nortel.

I am no expert in this, and do not have any Nortel patents. However for those of you who do have Nortel patents, it may be worth checking this out to see if there is a valid dispute.

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