PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh resident is suing his former employer, alleging unjust enrichment, conversion and declaration of ownership surrounding the ownership of patent applications during his employment.
Jeremy Argue filed a lawsuit on Feb. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Triton Digital Inc., Ando Media LLC and Vector Triton (Lux) 1, Sà rl.
According to the suit, Ando employed Argue before Triton acquisition of the company and in 2010, Argue became an employee of Triton and received paychecks from Triton from 2010-2015. Argue was hired as the Director of Advertising Strategy and he was not hired by Triton for the specific purpose of making inventions, but he made several inventions, the suit states.
Triton allegedly filed, assigned and recorded ownership of patent application in their own name for the inventions Argue made while employed by Triton. The suit further claims Argue invented a system and method for customizing audio advertisements called a2x and a broadcast media streaming with customized playlist insertion method and system called Content Wire. In 2015, Triton terminated Argue before Vector Capital acquired the company, the suit states.
Argue is demanding a jury trial, to be awarded the fair market value of his intellectual property for the alleged enrichment, a declaration that Argue is a co-owner of all of his patents and court and attorney’s fees. He is represented by Leland P. Schermer of Leland Schermer and Associates PC in Pittsburgh.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00133-CB