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EM. Roberts
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When a company decides not to patent an idea
« on: Jan 30th, 2007, 11:30am »
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If an inventor assigns all inventions to his/her employer as part of their employment contract, but the employer decides not to patent the idea for whatever reason, can the inventor than retain ownership of it?  Is a formal contract required to reassign it or does ownership "fall back" if not pursued by the employer?
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Re: When a company decides not to patent an idea
« Reply #1 on: Mar 16th, 2007, 8:51am »
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I bet that a formal contract will be required if the idea has any merit! Grin
 
I think someone answered this question (or one similar) in another message. Get a contract, get it signed, and make sure the person who signs the contract has the authority to do so (probably a Corporate officer).
 
Else, if the idea has any merit, I bet you will wish you did.
 
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