How is ownership of an invention determined?

Ownership recognises the right to possess an invention and restrict others from using that invention. The inventor does not always correspond to the owner of an invention and vice versa.    

There are a number of factors involved in determining ownership.  These include ownership rules under the Patents Act 2013 (New Zealand), other patent legislation throughout the world, your employment status and the terms of any other contract you may have entered. 

Sometimes active steps may need to be taken prior to filing a patent application (or other intellectual property right) to transfer ownership of the invention from the inventor to the desired owner.

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