Patent Law Office

Dr. Ernst-Peter Heilein

  • Intellectual Property
  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz
  • Propriété Intellectuelle

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Employed Inventor's Law

The employed inventor’s law itself doesn’t belong to the protection of industrial property but is an additional field of law of the patent and utility model right – belonging only to these two. That’swhy it falls within the scope of the patent attorney though there are tight connections to the employment law, because it regulates the rights and obligations of the (dependent) employee relative to the employer, especially the rights of the employed inventor in relation to the invention and the employer’s obligation of compensation.

Though especially the employed inventor’s law has been lately criticized as being disadvantageous for Germany as a location, enterprises havinga good patent strategy organized by patent attorneys do not qualify as disadvantageous the obligation for an appropriate compensation but as an advantageous means for motivation of their staff members and employees.