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5 February 2018

This video explains who has the right to file for a patent - whether an individual, an employee or a consultant - and how you can ensure that you protect your intellectual property and your business.


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The inventor of the inventive concept of what you have created has the right to file for a patent.

In the case of individuals this will be that individual but if the individual is employed by the company and has created the invention in the course of their employment then it’s the company that has the right to file for the patent.

If it is a consultant who doesn’t work for your company full time, who has created the invention, then it will come down to the consultant’s contract. The default position is that consultants themselves have the right to file and your company will not do so.

It is therefore really important that you have in your consultancy agreements, a transfer of intellectual property rights to your company.

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