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Multiple company assignments
« on: Jun 2nd, 2005, 6:20am »
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Hi,
If multiple companies file for assignment of the same patent application, how is the assignment decided?
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Re: Multiple company assignments
« Reply #1 on: Jun 2nd, 2005, 12:30pm »
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The following discussion relates to procedures in the United States.
 
It is not unusual for a patent to be assigned to more than one party.  Essentially, the party conveying the interest (i.e. the current owner) fills out some paper work specifying the name and address of receiving parties, the nature of conveyance, the application numbers or patent numbers, and the all important fee.
 
If there is more than one owner of the patent – not an unusual situation – each owner may assign their right to different parties; and the multiple assignments would normally be recorded by the patent office.  Note that the assignor submits the paperwork, not the assignee; so there really isn’t anything “to be decided” by the patent office about who gets what.  
 
See MPEP chapter 300 for details.
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Re: Multiple company assignments
« Reply #2 on: Jun 2nd, 2005, 6:02pm »
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From the various posts in various forums, I'm gathering that the issue is what happens if an inventor improperly assigns his/her entire title, right and interest in an application to multiple parties on separate occasions.
 
I believe the answer is that the last bona fide assignee without notice of any prior assignments takes title.  That's why recording assignments is important.
 
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Re: Multiple company assignments
« Reply #3 on: Jun 5th, 2005, 11:06pm »
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thanks a lot for the information guys!
 
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