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Submission + - Japanese High Court Upholds DVD Patent Payout

ellbee writes: The Japanese Supreme Court upheld a decision awarding inventor Seiji Yonezawa 163 million Yen ($1.37 million) for his DVD patents issued while working for the firm. This stems from a 2002 decision covering patent ownership and a 2004 decision covering patent value. Hitachi had previously given Mr. Yonezawa 2.3 million Yen ($20,000) for the patents which he transferred to the firm between 1973 and 1977. A wheels-of-justice slow-grind for a senior salaryman.

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