Protecting Employee IP In A Global Environment

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 12:44 PM EST) -- For many U.S. multinational employers, intellectual property is the company’s most important asset. Understanding “who” creates IP and “how” to effectively ensure assignment of IP is often core to a company’s success. As for the “who,” while in 1900, only 10 percent of the U.S. workforce was considered to be part of the “creative” class contributing to the creation of IP, today it is more than 30 percent, and over 80 percent of inventions are created by employees.

When engaging employees outside of the U.S., those...
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