Case Study: Falana V. Kent State

Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT) -- The invention of a chemical compound, or genus of compounds, often occurs through the collaborative effort of a team of people working collectively. However, when it’s time to determine inventorship of a compound or genus of compounds claimed in a patent application, questions often arise regarding who among the group should be named.

The fact that someone worked on a project that led to a patent application does not mean they are a joint inventor. To be a joint inventor, that person must have contributed to...
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