The Law on Employee Inventions in France
In France, the employee must report his or her invention to the employer based on the regulations in the patent act. The inventor in return is remunerated for the exploitation of the invention. The patent act distinguishes between service inventions that have been developed as part of the employee's inventive functions, and inventions that do not result from the immediate job, but which have been made possible by the knowledge, resources and technology of the employer.
The amount of the remuneration depends on the category of the invention and a variety of factors under which the invention was developed, and has mostly already been regulated in the employment contract.
To evaluate the level of compensation, it is necessary to not only take the technical contribution into account, but also the commercial and industrial applicability as well as the commercial success.
The employer is also obliged to keep the inventor informed of the filing and granting of IP rights.