Fraudulent Inducement: Did an automaker persuade inventors to give up protected technology?
An American auto manufacturer intrigued with a novel wheel motor invention induced two Italian academic inventors to personally release rights to the technology even though it was owned by their university and the plaintiff Italian aerospace company. After filing for U.S. and E.U. patents on the technology, the Italians sued for misappropriation of trade secrets. How was the case resolved?Download Case Study