IP Domain: Do I Own the IP Rights?

07/01/2012

Legal ownership of employee-generated intellectual property assets, such as inventions, creative works, and trademarks, can sometimes be difficult to determine. Ownership may be even cloudier when non-employees are involved. Many companies assume that they own the rights to all inventions, creative works, and trademarks created by their employees or by non-employees, such as contractors and researchers, hired to perform specific tasks or provide specific solutions. But this assumption can be a serous mistake.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision underscored the importance of careful attention to IP ownership rights.

Excerpted from the Tarrant County Bar Bulletin, July-August 2012. To read the full article, click here.

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