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U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Patent Case has Implications for Employee Invention Assignment Agreements

On June 6, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Stanford Univ. v. Roche Molecular Sys., Inc., No. 09-1159. While the primary issue in the case involved patent rights for inventions developed by federal funding, the decision, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, sends a message to employers who want to make sure they have rights in the inventions created by their employees.

Federal Court Upholds Automatic Transfer of Invention Rights To Employer In Employment Agreement (pdf).

In today's business climate, most employers recognize the need to protect their assets from unauthorized discloure and use by employees.
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