Judge Dismisses Urologist's Suit Against Massachusetts General

A judge has dismissed a physician's lawsuit against Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which alleged the hospital denied the plaintiff's rights to inventions he produced at home, according to a Boston Globe report.

Joseph A. Grocela, MD, sued MGH and its parent, Partners HealthCare earlier this year. He said he signed a contract every two years that gave Partners ownership rights to his inventions, but that doesn't give the organization rights to what he develops at home with his own time.

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Peter M. Lauriat granted a motion by MGH and Partners to dismiss the suit. He ruled that Partners' intellectual property policy was reasonable and that "nothing prohibits Dr. Grocela from practicing medicine either in Massachusetts or elsewhere,” according to the report.  

Dr. Grocela also claimed the top official at Partners' licensing division told him the hospital owned his brain and "therefore own[s] all your ideas." Partners has disputed that statement, according to the report.

Dr. Grocela is unsure if he will appeal the ruling.

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