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Appealed from: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge John Garrett Penn

This opinion addresses three separate but related appeals. First, on a motion for summary judgment, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia determined that Mr. Hakan Lans lacked standing to sue Digital Equipment Corporation, Gateway 2000, Inc., Dell Computer Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Packard Bell NEC, Inc., Acer America Corporation, and AST Research, Inc. (collectively, the Computer Companies) for infringing U.S. Patent No. 4,303,986 (the ’986 patent). Lans v. Gateway 2000, Inc., Civil Action No. 97-2523 (D.D.C. Nov. 23, 1999) (Lans I Memorandum). The district court also denied Mr. Lans’s motion to amend his complaint to substitute Uniboard Aktiebolag (a company whose managing director and sole shareholder is Mr. Lans) for himself as plaintiff under Rules 15 and 17 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, the district court entered summary judgment in favor of the Computer Companies and dismissed the suit. Because the district court correctly held that Mr. Lans lacked standing, this court affirms the district court’s dismissal.

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