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The Tokyo High Court on Thursday ordered Hitachi Ltd. to pay 163 million yen to a former employee for the transfer of patent rights related to optical discs, quadrupling the award set by a lower court.

Seiji Yonezawa, 65, and Hitachi had both appealed a November 2002 ruling by the Tokyo District Court that awarded Yonezawa 34.9 million yen in the suit against his former employer.

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