In or about February 2009, Mr. McKelvey contacted his friend of 20 years, Mr. Robert Morley, Jr., to help build a prototype magnetic card reader that could be plugged into a cell phone input jack. Mr. Morley, a professor at Washington University, had previous experience working with magnetic card readers.
Over a period of several days, working in Mr. McKelvey’s glass studio and Mr. Morley’s laboratory at Washington University, Mr. McKelvey and Mr. Morley exchanged ideas regarding the design of the prototype card reader.
Square is one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley, backed by Khosla Ventures GP (and former Facebook and YouTube CFO) Gideon Yu, and cofounded by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey. A recent hire was Keith Rabois, an early PayPal exec who had a successful exit at Slide most recently. Keith was also an IP litigator back in the day.
Based only on the allegations in the complaint, it looks to me like Square has a potentially viable claim for co-inventorship and co-ownership here. I got curious to see just how deep the rabbit goes by looking up to see whether Morley had any federal funding for his research at Wash U. His CV doesn't show any recent federal funding, which is lucky for him, since whatever he might get from Square in resolving this dispute could escheat to Wash. U. depending on how Stanford v. Roche gets decided.