It is not uncommon for employees to develop ideas or innovations in the course of their work which increase the efficiency of operational procedures or improve products manufactured in the company. Such inventions in the workplace must be reported to the employer.
But what does a proper invention disclosure to the employer look like? What requirements should an employee invention fulfil in order to be filed for a patent? And what remuneration is appropriate for an employee invention?
BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner and patent attorney Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar answers these questions in his detailed article “Company invention – and now?”, published in the trade magazine “Arbeitsrecht im Betrieb” (Labour Law at Work), issue 9/2021.
Registered subscribers to “Arbeitsrecht im Betrieb” can download the article, which is supplemented with many tips and links, here.