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If you contributed to conception of the ideas in any claims of the patent, you must be named as a (co-)inventor for a US patent to be valid. If you defined the problem but not the solution or if you implemented an inventive solution that somebody else specified then you must not be named. If you feel that you should be named, you might want to gently and ...


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You ask about ownership, but really there are two questions. Who is the patent's owner and who are the patent's inventors. Inventors are very often not the owners. When you work for a company, the normal situation is that the company owns the results of your labor and thus owns the patent. For instance a person working on an automobile assembly line doesn't ...


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Hopefully the words of the agreement you have quoted are not the complete addressing of IP. If you and the company both own it equally that might mean that either party can file for a patent and, working a cross purposes, that either party could publish the invention potentially killing the ability for either to get maximum protection for the invention.


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Your basic assumptions is flat wrong in any realistic case. Yes, in the case of joint inventors they have separate ability to practice and license the invention with no need to coordinate or transfer money between them. Not a practical commercial situation, but that is the law. However, the joint inventorship rules can be overcome by a contract between the ...


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I can't determine whether or not you should be listed as an inventor based on your description of your activities. The criteria for inventorship is not at all based on how much effort and time you put into the project. The criteria is based on whether you were responsible for the inventive element that is captured in a claim. To give an example, let's assume ...


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Almost every engineer I’ve ever worked with has side projects. It’s above board and legitimate. But be paranoid. Assume your friendly reasonable manager will be replaced by a vicious snake. Don’t discuss your side projects with anybody on company time or on company property. Be very careful never to mention your side projects with your company’s email ...


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