Something new happened today in my 35 year career,
It is a fact of life that, when working as a patent attorney preparing patent specifications, you may make an inventive contribution as one thinks about how to define an invention and new possibilities come to mind. I am sure that this has happened on many occasions to my patent attorney colleagues around the world. Often those contributions are not formally recognised - it often is just part of the job. However, today I was named as an inventor in a published PCT application filed for a client, and I thought it worth marking with a blog post.
I think it is worth mentioning that inventorship is something which should be carefully considered when preparing a patent application. A rule of thumb is to regard an inventor as being someone who devised an invention - or an aspect of an invention. Accordingly, there may be a single inventor or several inventors. Particular care should taken if a patent application may be filed in countries such as the US where naming or misnaming inventors may have significant consequences.