Employee Inventions Around The World

By Sun R. Kim

Multinational companies have relied on their employees for research and development projects and for creating valuable IP portfolios. The ownership of employee invention and related remuneration issues have been discussed at an international level. The issue of employee remuneration is not only important for innovative companies but also for employee inventors. Seeking clarity on all aspects of employee invention is critical for international companies conducting cross-border research. Since the laws relating to the ownership of employee invention and remuneration vary significantly from country to country, uncertainty becomes problematic.

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