If an employee who is principally engaged in research or inventive work has made an invention through the performance of these duties or if an invention is the result of a specified task assigned to the employee as part of his employment, the employer shall be entitled to demand that part of or all the rights to the invention be transferred to himself if the exploitation of the invention falls within the sphere of activity of the undertaking.
If the invention has a connection with the employment relationship other than that referred to in the preceding paragraph, the employer may demand the right to exploit the invention if its exploitation falls within the sphere of activity of the undertaking. If the employer wishes to acquire a more extensive right to such an invention, he shall, within a period of four months after receiving notification of the invention pursuant to Section 5, have priority over others to conclude an agreement to that effect with the employee.
If the invention has been made in circumstances that have no connection with the employment relationship, the employer, during the same period mentioned in the last sentence of the preceding paragraph, shall have priority over others to conclude an agreement with the employee to take over, in whole or in part, the rights to the invention, if its exploitation falls within the sphere of activity of the undertaking. The provision in this paragraph does not apply to universities and university colleges.