The Spanish Supreme Court rules in a patent ownership and trade secret dispute where a company had filed a patent application which named as inventor the husband of the company’s founder, who had previously led an R&D project funded by a competitor. The Court sets a high standard for ownership claims and, at the same time, establishes a narrow and ambiguous threshold for unfair competition actions based on breach of trade secrets.
Case date: 27 January 2022
Case number: 46/2022
Court: Supreme Court of Spain, First Civil Law Chamber
A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.