In order for a company to file a patent or utility model, the rights to the invention must be transferred from the inventor or inventors to the company. The rules set forth in the Employee Invention Act (ArbnErfG) apply to all employee inventions. Many small and medium-sized companies are unaware of this fact and it is often not applied, leading to irreversible consequences in many cases.
We advise our clients in all matters related to employee invention law, including remuneration and compensation issues. Having successfully streamlined and restructured the patent departments for large corporations, we’re happy to guide clients through the process of setting up an efficient employee inventions department for their organization. However, we’re also happy to handle all matters related to employee inventions on behalf of the client on request. We represent clients before the Arbitration Court of the German Patent and Trademark Office and before the ordinary courts in all legal disputes involving employee inventions.