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 totally.
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...