Questions tagged [inventorship]

For questions relating to the rules and standards of inventorship, as indicated and used by the United States Patent Office.

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What should I do if my name is missing from a patent?

While working for a company, I contributed inventions that eventually became issued patents. While all other members of the team I worked on are named on those patents, my name is missing. What ...
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How to torpedo a bad patent my former large employer is filing?

I worked for a large software company recently and quit to go work a much better place. I thought I had a clean break, but apparently the company is filing to patent work I did there. The specific ...
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I was removed as inventor on a patent after leaving the company. Do I have any rights?

I worked for a company in a senior tech leadership role and was responsible for their patent applications. I worked with patent attorney to write 3 applications, one of which I was a named inventor on....
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If a virus was not created by the U.S. government, what right do they have to a patent on it?

How can various American scientists be named as the inventors on this patent application (US 2012/0251502 A1) if the United States government is adamant they never created the virus? If the virus is ...
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Can forum/wiki postings invalidate a patent that was granted at a later date?

I have lots of ideas and, not expecting them to be unique or profitable (or knowing how to profit from them), I discuss them online, expecting the information to be helpful to others or expecting ...
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Does my Proprietary Agreement with a solely owned Inc. Division extend to all divisions

Background I worked for a US based defense contractor by the name of Meggitt Defense Systems, Inc. (MDSI). Because the parent firm, Meggitt Plc was British, MDSI had to be incorporated with it's own ...
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Company Patented My Internship Work

I had a summer internship with a big corporation last year and I just found that they filed a patent based on my work without notifying me or including my name. I signed IP waivers but cannot recall ...