Definition Edit

An inventor is one who contributes to the conception of an invention.

U.S. patent law Edit

The patent laws of the United States require that the applicant listed in a patent application must be the inventor.

Inventors, who are always individuals and not organizations, apply for patents. The inventors can transfer (assign) their rights to anyone, including organizations, and can do so before or after the patent is issued. Commonly, inventors work for employers who hire them to create new inventions, and as part of their employment agreements agree in advance to assign to their employers any patent rights that result from their work.[1]

References Edit

  1. Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus, at 5 n.12.

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