- Supreme Court—inventor entitled to fair share from employer of £2m (Shanks v Unilever Plc and others)
- What are the practical implications of the judgment?
- What was the background?
- What did the Supreme Court decide?
IP analysis: Mark Daniels, partner and head of patents at Browne Jacobson LLP, examines the Supreme Court’s decision that, under section 40 of the Patents Act 1977 (PA 1977), the appellant inventor (Professor Shanks) was entitled to compensation of £2m from the group of companies of which his employer was part. The court held that £2m would give him a fair share of the outstanding benefit that the group had derived from the invention and various patents relating to it.
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