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Inventions at home belong to MGH, judge says

Doctor’s lawsuit seeking discovery rights dismissed

Dr. Joseph Grocela made devices at home. Dr. Joseph Grocela made devices at home. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Robert Weisman
Globe Staff / August 3, 2012
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A state superior court judge has thrown out a complaint lodged by a urologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who had challenged the Harvard teaching hospital’s policy denying him rights to inventions he discovered at home on his own time. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Peter M. Lauriatcq granted a motion by Mass General and its corporate parent, Partners HealthCare System Inc., to dismiss Dr. Joseph A. Grocela’scq lawsuit, ruling that the Partners policy for handling intellectual property was reasonable and part of the bargain that physicians routinely accept to practice at the hospital.

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