394. Compensation of employees for certain inventions.

Where it appears to the court1 or the comptroller2 on an application made by an employee3 within the prescribed period4:


    (1)     that the employee has made an invention5 belonging to the employer6 for which a patent has been granted7;


    (2)     that the invention or the patent for it is, having regard among other things to the size and nature of the employer's undertaking, of outstanding benefit8 to the employer; and


    (3)     that by reason of those facts it is just that the employee should be awarded compensation to be paid by the employer9,

the court or the comptroller may award