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HF 755

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/04/2021 03:09pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/04/2021

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to creative freedom; adopting the Creative Freedom Act; regulating
employee invention agreements for veterans; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020,
section 181.78, by adding a subdivision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 181.78, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Employee invention rights for veterans. new text end

new text begin (a) This subdivision applies to an
invention or proposal by an employee in which the employer has an enforceable interest by
contract or otherwise. This subdivision only applies to employees who are military veterans
as defined in section 197.447.
new text end

new text begin (b) An employer who has a right to develop or utilize an invention or proposal must
make a substantial investment in the invention or proposal within six months of the
submission of the invention or proposal or forfeit all rights and interests in the invention or
proposal to the employee. This paragraph does not apply to inventions that relate to the
employer's existing product line, nor to any invention in which the employer has made a
substantial direct investment.
new text end

new text begin (c) An employee who has acquired the rights and interests of an employer under paragraph
(b) or (e) may transfer that interest in the invention or proposal to anyone.
new text end

new text begin (d) An employer must notify in writing an employee who submits an invention or proposal
to the employer of the employee's right under this subdivision within ten days of the
submission. The employer must date and describe the proposal or invention received by the
employer and provide a copy to the employee.
new text end

new text begin (e) An employer shall determine whether an invention or proposal will be utilized by
the employer as soon as practicable following submission of the invention or proposal to
the employer. Notwithstanding the time frame provided in paragraph (b), an employer who
has determined an invention or proposal will not be utilized by the employer shall
affirmatively surrender the rights and interests in the invention or proposal to the employee.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginTITLE.
new text end

new text begin Section 1 may be referred to as the "Creative Freedom Act."
new text end