Patent owned by your company or you as an individual?

Should you own your patent as an individual or under your company? Startups frequently ask whether their patent should be owned by the company or the individual inventors. At the outset, a few disclaimers are in order. I’m not a tax attorney. Nothing herein should be construed as tax or financial advice. The IRS has […]

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How to Transfer Ownership of Patents

How to transfer patent ownership Clients applying for patents for the first time often express a hesitation in identifying inventors, especially when they (the principals of the company) are not the inventors. Those concerns are typically allayed when they understand that a patent assignment can easily transfer ownership of the patent rights to another entity. […]

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Who owns the patent rights (patent owner vs. applicant vs. assignee)?

Who is the patent owner? US law presumes that a patent application is owned by the individual inventor(s) unless another person or entity is properly identified and substantiated as the patent owner. So the inventor is assumed the owner unless otherwise indicated. Who is the patent applicant? As far as patent applications are concerned, “applicant” basically means […]

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