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Act on Employees' Inventions (as amended by Act of July 31, 2009, on Simplification and Modernization of Patent Act)

Year of Version:2009
Date of Last Amendment:October 19, 2009
Date of Entry into Force:October 1, 1957
Date of Text (Enacted):July 25, 1957
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Property, IP Regulatory Body, Patents (Inventions), Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets), Utility Models
Notes:
Article 7 of the Act of July 31, 2009, on Simplification and Modernization of Patent Act (also known as 'the Patent Law Modernization Act'), which came into force on October 19, 2009, introduces significant amendments to Articles 5-14, Articles 18, 21, 23, 24, 27 and 48 of the Act on Employees' Inventions regarding ownership of inventions made by an employee inventor ('service inventions'), reporting requirements of the service inventions, abolishment of limited claims to an invention, introduction of a text form for reporting, and revision of inventor's rights during insolvency.

Article 43(3) of the Act on Employees' Inventions provides that the amendments, made by Article 7 of the Act of July 31, 2009, apply to all employees' inventions which have been brought to the attention of the employer on or after October 1, 2009. For employees' inventions reported before this date, the previous provisions of the Act apply until September 30, 2009.
Available Texts: 
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Gesetz über Arbeitnehmererfindungen (das zuletzt durch Gesetz zur Vereinfachung und Modernisierung des Patentrechts vom 31. Juli 2009) Gesetz über Arbeitnehmererfindungen (das zuletzt durch Gesetz zur Vereinfachung und Modernisierung des Patentrechts vom 31. Juli 2009), Complete document (pdf) [77 KB] Gesetz über Arbeitnehmererfindungen (das zuletzt durch Gesetz zur Vereinfachung und Modernisierung des Patentrechts vom 31. Juli 2009), Complete document (htm) [103 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:DE134

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