I have had a business partner for twenty years. We came together in my Business that he used as the birth of the IP in question. Listing himself on publications founder/owner with the exclusion of not so much as a reference to me as his business partner. I am (for the most part the conceptual part/with guidance through my research and pure intuition/solution, problem solver). He took my sweat equity/brain-trust/conception/ into patents and put our companies CEO and IP Attorney on the patents, leaving my name off. He has used the term "an idea is not a patent" over, over, and over again. To the point of suspicion. His IP attorney wants to reduce me down to the claims....X did I come up with the idea of using the LED's etc, claiming I've been only his researcher. I have been called a disruptive innovator, dragon slayer, imagineer, creator, on and on to name just a few...plus statements of "look what our work together in ...blank, blank business....has become_ To make matters worse this is an invention that does not relate to any of his previous patents, however it relates directly to my previous occupation. What constitutes an inventor? Is it just the mechanical/electrical/software terms relating to the patent/prototype (which I was involved in every engineering meeting) or is it the process of how the invention came to fruition and who contributed in that process?
*What should one say if they're told "an idea is not a patent", or you've been just his researcher. Ok where's the proof that you came up with the use of LED lights etc.?*I am in an arena where they understand the game and I have to catch up with the verbiage.