Are You an Inventor?

  Determining inventorship is an important step of the patent application process. Are you an inventor? Is your co-worker an inventor? Is your supervisor an inventor? Under United States patent law, an inventor is an individual, or for a joint invention, the individuals collectively who invented or discovered the subject matter of an invention. However, what does it mean to invent or discover the subject matter of the invention? An invention generally involves a mental act and a physical act. That is, the mental act, i.e., conceiving of the subject matter of the invention, and the physical act, i.e., reducing…

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