Man upset over patent, kills three at Chicago law firm

December 10, 2006
Post by Blog Staff

On Friday, a gunman forced his way into the Chicago offices of intellectual property law firm Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer. The gunman, Joe Jackson, killed three employees of the firm before being fatally wounded by Chicago police. Among those killed were two patent attorneys, Michael McKenna and Allen Hoover, and a mail clerk, Paul Goodson. The firm has issued a press release about the incident.

Mr. Jackson was apparently upset because he believed he was cheated out of a patent on an invention he conceived for a toilet for use with trucks. According to reports, one of the attorneys told Mr. Jackson there was already a patent on his invention, and he believed the attorney was trying to steal it.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues, as well as the families of the victims.

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