What if the inventor does not own the invention?
In most cases, a patent application is filed by the inventor who created the invention. However, it is common for the owner of an invention to be another person or even a business entity. This may happen, for example, if the invention was created as part of an inventor’s employment or if the inventor sold or transferred the invention to someone else. If the inventor has assigned, or agreed to assign, the invention to another person or business entity, that person or entity may apply for the patent as the legal owner of the invention.