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Patents of a Commissioned Work


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Without express contractual provision, the ownership of an invention made by an independent contractor will vest with the contractor, unless the court is prepared, on the facts, to imply a term into the contract giving ownership to the party that has commissioned the work However, the implication of such a term is relatively rare and depends entirely on the facts in any given case. It is important, therefore, before any such commissioned work is commenced, to agree in a written contract that all intellectual property rights in any invention arising out of the work will vest in the party which is paying for the work to be done.

Jane Coyle is a Trainee Solicitor with Lawdit Solicitors.

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-05-11 18:02:12 in Legal Articles

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