California Civil Code Section 984

CA Civ Code § 984 (2017)  

If the owner of an invention or design does not make it public, any other person subsequently and originally producing the same thing has the same right therein as the prior inventor, which is exclusive to the same extent against all persons except the prior inventor, or those claiming under him.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 921.)

Last modified: October 25, 2018