Becton Dickinson & Co. v. Reese – Case Brief Summary (Utah)

In Becton Dickinson & Co. v. Reese, 668 P.2d 1254 (Utah 1983), Reese, an employee, made a new scientific discovery and reported the discovery to his supervisor, Johnson. See 668 P.2d at 1256. Approximately four years after the discovery, a patent was issued to Johnson for Reese's discovery. See id.

Reese had no ownership rights in the patent because the patent had been issued solely to Johnson. See id.

More than five years after the patent was issued, and more than three years after Reese had learned that the patent was solely in Johnson's name, Reese claimed that his discovery had been wrongfully converted. See id.

Reese brought a claim specifically for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property, and for the specific recovery thereof. See id.

Therefore section 78-12-26(2)'s three-year statute of limitations was undoubtedly applicable. See id.