It may be a silly question, but I cannot answer to myself. Let's say I have a big invention in my hands and I am working as engineer in a company.
Are opening two main scenarios:
- Finalize the invention and make the patent within the company. In the contract, is stated that the credit may be assigned to the inventor, but the owner is still the company. Are existing cases in which the name of the inventor is completely hidden?
- In order to be sure that the attribution missing is avoided, I will patent as a private person. It will cost to me the whole patent, without actually doing anything with it. This is odd, because, translating, with this approach while you are in a company and you have an idea, you save it for yourself and patenting outside such a company, which translates again in NOT doing useful work in the company. You became frustrated and go to the #1 of this itemlist or you start your own business.
As you may see, I don't have clear ideas. My purpose is not to gain money from such a patent, but have all the attribution as a person.
Some examples: to made an extremization, let's consider Jack Kilby, the inventor if the integrated circuit technology: he did it within Texas Instruments, which hold the patent, but here there is attribution. As a plus, in average if someone thinks who invented the IC, thinks to Kilby, not to Texas Instruments. But if I think to who invented the pitch to zoom technique on smartphones, one may think to Apple, not to the person (assuming that is Apple).
Maybe the answer is in the company's respect towards their employees.