In this decision, the German Federal Court of Justice deals with a number of practical issues concerning service inventions by German employees. In particular, it ruled on what must be contained in the employee’s inventor’s report and whether an assignment given by the employee in order to enable the employer to file for a US patent is valid if the employer has not effectively claimed the service invention under German law.
Case date: 17 December 2019
Case number: X ZR 148/17
Court: Federal Court of Justice of Germany
A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.