What Makes A Chemist An Inventor?

Law360, New York (April 19, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT) -- The first, and perhaps most fundamental, question in obtaining a patent is “who made the invention?” Joint inventorship requires not only some degree of collaboration between the joint inventors, but also contribution of each inventor to the invention as defined by one or more of the claims.[1] The contribution can be either to the invention’s conception or to its reduction to practice.[2] Because a chemical compound is not conceived until the inventor has “knowledge of both the specific chemical structure of the compound and an operative...
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