Inventor Compensation Arrives in the UK

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A recent judgment of the Patents Court in the High Court of Justice in England broke new ground by clarifying when UK inventors can share in the benefits of a patent obtained by their employers.

Mr. Justice Floyd handed down his judgment in the landmark case Kelly and Chiu v GE Healthcare[1]on 11 February in which the Patents Court awarded the two inventors £1.5 million as their share of the benefit derived from the two patented families for inventions related to a blockbuster radiopharmaceutical heart imaging agent.

The case is the first UK decision of its kind.

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