Establishing an Intellectual Property Program

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal
March 2011

It is important for any company that engages in research and development to have in place a systematic method of selecting inventions for patent protection. That method must encompass identifying as many potentially patentable inventions as possible and deciding which inventions merit applications for a patent. The company must also control many related aspects, such as employment agreements and invention development record keeping in order to protect the company’s rights in its employees’ inventions and insure that the company is in as strong a position as possible in the event a dispute arises with another company. Lawrence A. Stahl and Robert H. Fischer of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto discuss the details necessary for companies in this position to establish their own intellectual property programs.

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