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The objective of this guide is to assist in the clarification and organisation of the industry's invention activities. The objective is to assist companies in the drafting of their own code of practice.

Invention forms part of a company's innovation policy and operations. The legal issues associated with inventions are of fundamental importance to a company's operations. The biotechnology industry, particularly start-up and growing companies, has a definite need for a guide on how to deal with employee inventions.

The guide is intended for biotechnology companies in Finland, and is based on the Finnish legislation.

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Table of Contents

Commentary
1. INTRODUCTION
2. SCOPE OF APPLICATION
2.1 To whom does the code of practice apply?
2.2 Implementation of the code of practice
3. NOTIFICATION OF AN INVENTION
4. CLAIMING THE RIGHTS
5. PATENTS
6. GROUNDS FOR COMPENSATION
7. GENERAL
7.1 The Employee Invention Committee
7.2 Legislation
7.3 Contact details
Model for a code of practice for employee inventions
Appendices
1. The Act Concerning Rights to Employee Inventions (29.12.1967/656, with amendments)
2. Model for Invention Notification
3. An example of how to calculate compensation for the use of the invention (user fee)