Unilever case clarifies law over patents and employees

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  • I believe that lawyers (patent or otherwise) have a truly over inflated view of themselves. Those of us who obtained degrees in engineering and science and PhDs in these fields have undertaken much harder and worthy university degrees, study and training than lawyers! If we invent something we deserve our right reward. The problem seems to me to be that the Anglo-American legal system is heavily influenced by the demand driven economy of the decadent west! in a supply driven economy such as the German or Korean (or the old Japanese one) the inventor is highly respected and rewarded. If he is not rewarded with money, then he will be rewarded in a different way: you will find him as CEO some years later. In the moves to rectify the world and to re-balance it so we get back to inventing and the Far East starts to consume more, then we need to reform the legal system to protect all inventors, not only the interests of the big players such as Unilever and GSK and such.

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