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PCT Application: Inventors vs. Applicants

It is our understanding, that for the purposes of eventually nationalizing in the EPO, an assignment must be signed by each inventor prior to filing a PCT Application if that application is listing the company as the Applicant. 

One of the inventors may have been an employee of the company at the time the priority application was filed, but may no longer be with the company.  In this case, would an employment agreement stating that the inventor had an obligation to assign to the company be sufficient in the place of an assignment?  We have received signed assignments from all other inventors.


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