The article doesn't get into the full details of this case, but apparently a Japanese inventor who came up with some of the core technologies for optical discs has won a judgment against his former employer, Hitachi for $1.5 million. Hitachi bought the patents from the inventor for about $20,000 and he felt he was cheated. He sued, and in an earlier case won about $300,000, but decided it wasn't enough, so he sued again. Where the article isn't clear is under what agreements the original patents were sold. Was he forced to sell them at the lower price? Was it based on the contract he already had with Hitachi? Because, it sounds like it's quite possible the guy just had a bad contract. Still, the part of the story that's much more amusing is the reaction from the lawyer of the inventor. Somehow, this lawyer actually believes that because the inventor won a patent lawsuit for so much money, it will make him seem "like football and baseball players" to children, who will now have a much greater interest in science. Yes, now those little children can dream of growing up and winning big patent lawsuits as well!
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