An inventor and holder of a patent for a “smokeless pipe” could not pursue a lawsuit against the United States in the Court of Federal Claims based on allegations that various private persons had infringed his patent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held. The inventor identified no law that permitted recovering damages from the United States for third parties’ infringements (Sheridan v. United States, October 8, 2015, per curiam).

A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.


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