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Russian companies should follow a number of steps to ensure they and their employees are clear on who owns the IP rights to inventions created at work, as Sergey Vasiliev of Gorodissky & Partners reports.
IP is a valuable asset. Most important inventions are developed and subject to patent protection by companies. The companies hire engineers and workers who invent in the course of their work either on their own initiative or after receiving a specific assignment from their superiors.
In any case, it is important to build relations between the company and the employee in such a way that both sides will be satisfied and no unexpected outcomes should occur.
It is also essential to meet all statutory laws and regulations applying to the relationship between the employer and the inventor employee.
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Sergey Vasiliev, Gorodissky & Partners, patent, patent protection, Russian Civil Code, invention, patent application