Michael Mohr v. Science and Engineering Services, LLC
DisputeSoft reviewed the source code and metadata of the AMIP program to determine whether Mohr was the original author of the software or if it had been copied from software which he had not written. In addition, our experts analyzed Mohr’s claim to determine whether it was a “work made for hire” and whether the software was ineligible for copyright under the scènes à faire doctrine. Our experts also interviewed fact witnesses, drafted interrogatories, and prepared deposition questions.
Managing Partner Jeff Parmet concluded that Mohr had not produced a true and accurate copy of the AMIP program as it existed on the date of copyright registration; that AMIP was in fact a “work made for hire;” and that the scènes à faire doctrine rendered portions of AMIP ineligible for copyright protection. Mr. Parmet proffered these opinions in an expert report on behalf of SES on March 23, 2015 and gave deposition regarding his analysis on May 5, 2015. On August 31, 2016, the court granted SES’s summary judgment motion and issued an opinion in favor of SES, dismissing Mohr’s claims.
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