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I. Introduction
(3,717 words)

Volume XIV: Copyright and Industrial Property | Chapter 7 (1976): Employee Inventions

Completed in October 1973

Berndt Godenhielm

1. In earlier times it was usual for inventions to be made by independent, individual inventors. They either used their inventions in their own manufacture or sold them to other industries. The rapid industrial development has, however, vastly altered the picture. It is common for industrial enterprises, especially the larger ones, to have research departments of their own where improv…

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Berndt Godenhielm, “I. Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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