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I own stock in a company that developed patent applications while I was an officer. I facilitated some of the IP and trademark applications. I left the firm years ago. I just found out that the patent applications funded by company revenues were redirected and granted to the former CEO and Chief Scientist in the firm and not the corporation. Is this legal? Was fraud committed?

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Are you sure? You probably know the inventors are the inventors are the inventors regardless of what entity owns a patent. Unless it is filled in on a form at the time the issue fee is paid the owner's (company) name will not appear on the face of the patent. The ownership can change after issue. You may be wrong about who owns it or the individuals may have compensated the company for the patent being transferred to them and may have licensed back exclusive rights to the company. –  George White Dec 20 '13 at 1:52

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