Employee-Inventors Compensation

By Alan Johnson, Catriona Hammer, Takashi Suzuki and Christian Osterrieth

Alan Johnson


Catriona Hammer

Takashi Suzuki

Hitachi, Ltd.,

Christian Osterrieth

Numerous countries have statutory provisions which require employers to pay their employee-inventors “compensation” for the inventions they make. However, such laws are completely unharmonized. This leaves employers with research facilities in multiple locations internationally in a deeply unsatisfactory position.

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