Cour suprême des États-Unis: rappel pourquoi il est bon d’avoir des documents de cession d’invention en place

Un extrait de la décision dans l’affaire Stanford c. Roche de la Cour suprême des États-Unis qui traite de la Loi Bayh-Dole:

Stanford’s reading of [the Statute] is plausible enough in the abstract; it is often the case that whatever an employee produces in the course of his employment belongs to his employer. No one would claim that an autoworker who builds a car while working in a factory owns that car. But, as noted, patent law has always been different: We have rejected the idea that mere employment is sufficient to vest title to an employee’s invention in the employer. Against this background, a contractor’s invention—an “invention of the contractor”— does not automatically include inventions made by the contractor’s employees.

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