By: Josh Sloat
Episode 8: Inventorship
Who should be listed as an inventor for a patent?
In the US especially, patents are granted to inventors. More often than not, that’s more than one person and the ideas themselves are fluid concepts that often evolve through many handoffs from initial conception through implementation and sometimes even throughout patent prosecution, but how do we determine who all should – and is legally required to be – officially named as an inventor?
In the constitutionally expressed interest of protecting inventors and the conception of their ideas, failure to include the right people can be a death sentence for a patent and grounds for invalidity.
In this episode, Daniel Wright, Partnership Manager and Patent Strategist here at Aurora, will lead a deep dive into the origins of inventorship, break down who is and isn’t eligible for inclusion as an inventor, and explain how improper inventorship could result in revoked patent rights.
Daniel is joined today by:
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By: Josh Sloat
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SPARK.ed Patenting Series
Aurora is partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to deliver a three part SPARK.ed series. You've had questions around patenting and the SPARK team has been listening! We've put this series together to address the most common questions that arise from startups within the SPARK ecosystem. Our very own Ashley Sloat, Ph.D. will be the instructor for all three talks.
Part 1: Patenting in the Early Years: A coming-of-age story
Part 2: Decrypting Software Patents: Key Insights for IP Success
Part 3: Prenuptial Patenting
Responsible Engagement with Engineering Firms
You have your big idea and now it’s time to breathe it into existence, but you need some help with the development. In this talk, we discuss everything you need to know before and during the course of engaging with an engineering firm. We’ll cover IP ownership, assignment from engineering firm inventors back to you, and how to avoid the traps of viral IP.
Time and Location: Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:30am - 12:30pm | Free Online Event
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