RE: Proposed Update to Note Well

"Robin Uyeshiro" <uyeshiro@IfA.Hawaii.Edu> Fri, 22 June 2012 20:49 UTC

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From: Robin Uyeshiro <uyeshiro@IfA.Hawaii.Edu>
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Subject: RE: Proposed Update to Note Well
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:49:42 -1000
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 "Ownership" is not a term used.  "Control" can
be problematic, if the inventor changes employment.  If you invent something
for which a patent is issued and assigned to your company, then you change
employment, then neither you nor the company you currently work for
"control" that patent.  

This is just not correct.  If the patent is assigned to the company, and the
inventor leaves the company, the company still owns and controls the patent.

 [RU]  Your new (current) company does not "own" the patent and neither do
you, if you have signed away your rights, which you are required to do for
most companies in the US.  But you should still disclose the patent.