Who owns the invention?

Introduction: Ownership of inventions can be confusing.  The inventor may not be the owner.  If there are more than one inventor, it is possible that each separately owns an undivided interest in the whole with independent rights to exploit the invention.  This is problematic. Often the invention is made by an employee of a company.  The invention is typically…

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Trade Secrets vs. Patenting

The Continuing Dilemma: Trade Secrets (Hidden Use) vs. Patent (Disclosed Monopoly) Disclaimer: Issue: Trade secrets compared to patents: I am biased against protecting know-how as a trade secret.  I participated in a 3 years chase of ex-employees turned competitors utilizing a trade secret manufacturing technique.  The burden of establishing the fact that the technique (consistently held behind…

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