Recent Case Results

Goodell DeVries’ Client Prevails on Key Issues in Complex Commercial Arbitration

September 2015

Goodell DeVries’ client, a manufacturer of dental products, substantially prevailed on several key issues in a complex commercial arbitration involving contract and intellectual property issues.  The claimant alleged that the client breached a consulting agreement by not paying royalties on inventions that he claimed were incorporated into a number of the client’s products. 

During a three-week hearing, and extensive post-hearing briefing, Goodell DeVries attorneys, Richard M. Barnes, Linda S. Woolf, and Matthew D. Kohel presented fact and expert evidence demonstrating that all but one of the inventions failed to satisfy the contractual criteria that would entitle the claimant to royalties.  The Goodell DeVries team successfully established that the claimant conceived his most valuable invention under a prior contract between the parties, and as a result, he had assigned it to the client without any further compensation owed.

This result follows a prior award of partial summary judgment that the Goodell DeVries team obtained for the client on another invention at issue in the same arbitration.