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Barbie vs. Bratz provides key guidance regarding invention assignment agreements

  • Fenwick & West LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 11 2010

The intellectual property ownership issues in Mattel v MGA Entertainment, Inc provide important lessons regarding the scope and interpretation of employment invention assignment agreements

Court refuses to enforce invention assignment agreement as unlawful noncompete

  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 10 2009

In Applied Materials v. Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Company, the federal district court for the Northern District of California refused to enforce an invention assignment clause that required former employees to assign inventions disclosed within one year of termination of employment if the invention related to work performed by the employee for the employer