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Shanks v Unilever plc [2017] EWCA Civ 2

No compensation for invention during employment

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court and Intellectual Property Office’s decisions that Mr Shanks was not entitled to compensation under ss 40 and 41 of the Patents Act 1977against Unilever and CRL (a subsidiary) relating to a European patent and related patents resulting from Mr Shanks’s invention of an Electrochemical Capillary Fill Device ("ECFD") during his employment at CRL. The rights to the ECFD invention belonged to CRL pursuant to section 39(1) of the Patents Act 1977. s40 reads:

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