Employees and Rights to Certain Inventions

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Published Date: 01/06/2014


John; Gupton

By John Gupton


North Carolina law prohibits employers from requiring employees to assign all rights to all inventions to the employer. If the invention is developed entirely on the employee’s own time (with their own supplies) and the invention does not relate to the employer’s current business or anticipated research, it belongs to the employee. To review this law, take a look at NC Gen. Stat. § 66-57.1, located at http://bit.ly/nc66571.


However, North Carolina law allows an employer to require that the employee report all inventions developed by the employee, solely or jointly, during the term of his employment to the employer for the purpose of determining employee or employer rights. To review this law, take a look at NC Gen. Stat. § 57.2, located at http://bit.ly/nc66572.


In addition, check out CAI’s members only Legal Toolbox at The specified item was not found. for guidance and a sample template regarding an Inventions and Other Creative Materials Agreement.