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Ruling Will Guide Employers' Rights To Inventions

Law360 (March 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- On Feb. 13, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the provisions of an employment agreement assigning an employee’s rights in a patent to an employer should be decided by federal law, rather than state law.

The decision in DDB Technologies LLC v. MLB Advanced Media LP, Fed. Cir., No. 2007-1211, 2/13/08, is already being described by management- and employee-side counsel alike as a victory for employers that will strengthen the rights of employers to employee inventions.

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