A former researcher who was employed by Canon to develop a printer technology that improved the quality of images produced by laser printer has won a case against Canon to be appropriately paid for his invention. The researcher is learned to have worked with the company back in the 80s and 90s.
However, the researcher may not be happy with the verdict. The former Canon employee had sued the company for compensation worth ¥100 million. According to a ruling by the Tokyo District Court, the contribution of the researcher’s invention in the total profits was only close to 1% and hence the compensation was brought down to less than 3 million Yen.
Not everything is settled though. The court is yet to hear on another case between the two parties over a separate patent compensation.