Dichand v Hydraredox Technologies Holdings Ltd

Patent – Contract. The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court dismissed the claimant's claim that he had been induced, by fraudulent misrepresentation, into signing an agreement whereby patent applications (the PCT applications) concerning vanadium redox batteries had been assigned to a company. The claimant had argued that there had been no effective transfer of ownership of the PCT applications and he had sought a declaration that he and another individual were the joint owners of those applications and related rights. The court held that the claimant had known what he had been signing and that he had not been induced into signing the agreement. Accordingly, it ruled that the claim had to fail in all of the alternative ways it had been advanced.

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