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If I invent something at work, can I claim ownership?
You need specialist advice, as this is a complex area of law. There is some information on the website of the Intellectual Property Office.
However, even where the invention is patented by the employer, if it turns out to be outstandingly saleable for the employer, taking into account the costs and time involved in making the invention, the employee may be able to claim a proportion of the benefits as compensation. The Intellectual Property Office website has more details about how to bring such a claim.
There are separate laws relating to copyright covering drama, music and literature. Sometimes there is an express term in the contract specifying to whom the copyright belongs. In the absence of any such term, the presumption is that it belongs to the employer.