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As others have said, a lot will depend on your legislation since it may prescribe a particular way of arriving at the fractions for each co-inventor. I thought about preparing a document, in which everybody writes down what they think they did, and how that part contributed to the invention In germany certain questions are asked and particular answers ...


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If any of the people involved have outstanding rights to the IP get a lawyer. That's not likely though. If the patents were assigned to the university tech transfer organization and this is the kickback from them put it into a lab slush fund. Having money unencumbered by oversight will be useful to you. Use some of it to career boost the people who did the ...


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(Expanding a bit on Buffy's answer) Short answer: Use some math to make everyone happy. This is actually a well-explained problem in economics for which there is a solution. It is possible to mutually assess everyone's contribution, without anyone unfairly boosting their own contribution, so that the proceeds are distributed in a way that everyone is ...


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Research has been done on questions like this. The Cake Cutting Algorithm is about fair distribution of a resource. Perhaps you can apply it here, or a modification of it. In fact, the current (April 2020) issue of Communications of the ACM has a new article that also gives background on the problem: Aziz and Mackenzie, A Bounded and Envy-Free Cake ...


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Google translation of original: First clarify what right the university can have. The balance is distributed. That is easy. Now, each invention can be quantified by the scope and number of claims. A list of the participants indicating their participation in each claim would be a starting point. This would be worth 50% of the patent. The rest of works, ...


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How to equitably divide the economical benefits of a licensed patent among academic inventors? First and foremost, you must abide by the law: Establish who owns the patent, it mightn't be the inventors; Establish how ownership is distributed, according to the law; and Distribute accordingly. You'll probably need to hire an attorney, since you may be ...


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