• Patents, Employment Contracts and Automatic Assignment: Federal Law Holds Sway
  • June 11, 2008 | Author: Stephen G. Charkoudian
  • Law Firm: Goodwin Procter LLP - Boston Office
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled in DDB Technologies, Inc. v. MLB Advanced Media, L.P., No. 2007-1211 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 13, 2008) that federal law applies to the question of whether an assignment-of-inventions clause in an employment contract creates an automatic assignment of the patent to the employer or merely a promise to assign in the future.