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Intentionally Assigning a Wrong Assignee
« on: Nov 28th, 2007, 2:14am »
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Hello
 
I have been working as a consultant for a company. I do not have any contracts signed with respect to the assignment of the IP.  
 
I had requested that the company files the patent that I have developed in collaboration with the company without any assignment or with a co-assignment. However the company attorneys are going ahead filing the patent with the patent office and filing it with the company as a sole assignee, knowing fully well that one of the inventors (me) is in disagreement and has not signed any assignment of rights form.
 
Is there something I can do about it in terms of emails etc that I should send to them or to the patent office. I do not have personal funds to hire a legal attorney
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Re: Intentionally Assigning a Wrong Assignee
« Reply #1 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 12:48pm »
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I'm not an expert here - try to see an attorney.  Even if you can't afford one, someone might be nice and point you in the right direction.  I'm generalizing here and leaving out lots of details.
 
If I understand correctly, the company is filing the application naming the company as sole assignee but is leaving your name out.
 
The name of the assignee listed on the patent application is (basically) for information purposes - it doesn't really have any bearing on who owns it, and being left off doesn't mean that you've lost your rights.  An assignee can leave the info off altogether if it wants to.  You don't have to record an assignment to have an assignee listed.
 
They can't record an assignment unless you sign, however.  Well, that's not entirely true - they can, but it will be a hassle for them.
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