Patent Rights After Leaving a Company

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jul 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

QUESTION: I am working in a company which filed a patent application for me (I am the only inventor and the assignee is the company). Currently I have the application number but the patent is still under review. Now I am thinking of switching job to another company in the future but wondering if I will need to wait till the final publication of the patent.

ANSWER: Even if you leave your employer, you will still be an inventor of the patent. However, whether you leave now or after the patent issues, you will not be an owner of the patent. Your employer will be the owner.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.

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