How does ownership of intellectual property rights
arise in your jurisdiction and what rights do inventors
In Germany, the ownership of inventions made by an employee
is regulated by the Act on Employees' Inventions
(Arbeitnehmererfindergesetz). Accordingly, an invention must be
reported to the employer, comprising a written description.
Having received the employee's report, the employer must
declare within a term of four months if he wishes to claim the
invention, this being identical with an assignment to the
employer. The employer can also declare that he wishes to claim
the invention only partially or even to release the invention
In the case of release or if the invention is not claimed
within the term, it becomes the property of the employee who
can dispose of it, in other words file patent applications,
license the invention and so forth, without any limitations. If
the invention is claimed (which is the usual case) it...