Nos. 20-2953, 20-3213, & 21-2033.

42 F.4th 652 (2022)

REXA, INC., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Mark V. CHESTER and MEA Inc., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided July 28, 2022.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael Albert , Jason W. Balich , Attorneys, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, Boston, MA, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Kevin P. McJessy , Attorney, McJessy, Ching & Thompson, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee.

Terrence Patrick Canade , Alyssa M. Gregory , James T. Peterka , Hugh S. Balsam , Attorneys, Locke Lord LLP, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee.

Before Wood, Hamilton, and Brennan, Circuit Judges.

Mark Chester, then an engineer for a company called Koso America, Inc., participated in a 2002 project aimed at creating a new valve for an actuator—a machine component that produces motion. If successful, the project would have eliminated the need for Koso to pay royalties to another firm. But the project failed to...

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