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CMS Employee inventor rewards survey


We are pleased to present the results of our 2014 employee inventor rewards survey, which closed in April 2014.

Following on from the success of our first online survey of companies’ inventor reward policies in Europe, the results of which were released last year, we reviewed and revised our survey before reissuing it at the start of this year.

We have focused the survey on voluntary rewards and given less emphasis to the compulsory reward systems in countries such as Germany. We have also added new questions, including in relation to companies’ total annual spend on employee rewards.

In the course of conducting our survey and analysing the results, we have met with a number of in-house patent managers to gather their views on employee inventor rewards. This has been very helpful in enabling us to subsequently analyse and comment on our survey results.

If you would like to discuss this or other related topics with us, our contact information is included at the back of this report. We advise on inventor reward schemes, employee IP policies, and disputes with employees concerning IP.

This year we have almost doubled the number of survey respondents. We would like to thank all those who have contributed data. Do please support our survey project in future years so that we can grow it further.

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Employee inventor rewards survey
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Dr Robert G. Briner
Prof. Dr. Matthias Eck