A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provides guidance on a fundamental issue of patent law commonly faced by patent prosecutors and litigators alike: who can be an inventor, and what kind of contribution is required for inventorship under the law? In HIP, Inc. v. Hormel Foods Corp., 66 F.4th 1346 (Fed. Cir. 2023), the Federal Circuit analyzed these issues, and held that an individual may only be considered an inventor if the contribution to the claimed invention is deemed to be of sufficient significance.
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