Bloomberg Law
Feb. 24, 2023, 7:58 PM

Oil Business Wins New Divorce Hearing Over Invention’s IP Rights

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
Staff Correspondent

A Florida business won the chance to contest the split of intellectual property rights to an invention tied up in a divorce.

The lower court must hold a new divorce hearing to let Petronex Technologies LLC fight for its rights over a new oil filtration system that it’s developing with the ex-husband, a Petronex employee who had worked on the design during his marriage, a unanimous Florida Second District Court of Appeal panel ruled Friday.

The case highlights the tricky ways in which potentially lucrative business ideas are processed in divorce. The lower court denied Petronex’s claim and gave ...