Assignment Of Patents And Inventions

An employer may require an employee, as a condition of employment, to assign the employee‘s rights in certain inventions to the employer. Under state law, such an assignment must exclude inventions for which no equipment, supplies, facilities or trade secret information of the employer were used, and which were developed entirely on the employee’s own time, and which do not relate directly to the employer’s business or its actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development, or which do not result from any work performed by the employee for the employer.

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