Posted on March 19th, 2010 by
A trade secret lawsuit between the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and one of its former doctors is heading to trial after a federal judge in Minnesota denied summary judgment to both parties last week. At issue is who owns the rights to a software program that can do everything from manage insurance billing codes to track the spread of disease caused by terrorist attacks.
The Mayo Clinic contends that it owns the software and that the man who helped invent it -- Dr. Peter Elkin -- stole the program's core code from Mayo; gave public speeches about it, thereby revealing trade secrets; and "had made plans with several major companies to commercialize" the software behind Mayo's back.
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