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German to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright / Employee inventions: Nutzungsrechtsvereinbarung
German term or phrase: Ausübungsverpflichtung
Der Arbeitgeber hat das alleinige Recht, alle Arbeitsergebnisse, die aus der Tätigkeit des Arbeitnehmers für den Arbeitgeber entstehen oder durch nicht allgemein bekannte Informationen des Arbeitgebers angeregt wurden oder maßgeblich auf Erfahrungen, Arbeiten oder Unterlagen des Arbeitgebers beruhen, ohne sachliche, zeitliche oder räumliche Beschränkung und ***ohne Ausübungsverpflichtung** zu verwerten oder verwerten zu lassen.

What does this term refer to in that sentence or outside that sentence?

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Sebastian Witte
Local time: 06:01

Summary of answers provided
3obligation of use
billcorno (X)
3use requirement
Michael Martin, MA
3obligation to exploit
Johanna Timm, PhD

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obligation to exploit

Ausübungsverpflichtung bezieht sich in Lizenzverträgen auf die Verwertung der gewährten Lizenz, d.h. es wird darunter die Pflicht verstanden, von einer erteilten Lizenz auch tatsächlich Gebrauch zu machen.
The parties often explicitly agree upon an obligation to exploit the licence (Ausübungspflicht). If the parties have not done so, such an obligation may nevertheless be implicit upon the licensee based on the principle of good faith embedded in the German Civil Code (sec. 242 BGB).

Da in dem von dir hier eingestellten Text nicht explizit von einer Lizenz, sondern von "Arbeitsergebnissen" die Rede ist, bezieht sich diese „Verpflichtung“ in diesem Fall auf den tatsächlichen Gebrauch/Einsatz der Arbeitsergebnisse.
Ich hoffe, das beantwortet deine Frage im Diskussionsfeld!

see also:
f <jur> ■ obligation to exploit the licenseübungspflicht

Johanna Timm, PhD
Local time: 21:01
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Notes to answerer
Asker: Your excerpt from the Taylor Wessing link and that part of the explanation is very interesting indeed and promising. What I still don't get though, how can you as an employer be obliged to (exercise a right to) exploit your employees' work results? (By the way, I think Einsatz/Gebrauch is use, which includes maybe just playing them back on some event, not necessarily for payment, whereas exploitation is Verwertung, which mainly means selling them for payment in some form or another). You are entitled to exercise a right so but as regards being obliged to ... I find it hard to make the transfer from license law where this does seem to fly (make sense) to the law of employee inventions right now but then ... maybe I do not work frequently enough in this --rare-- sub-field of IP.

Asker: Well, it actually says "ohne Verpflichtung"/"without any obligation" in the source. Apologies, Johanna. Whereas I still don't find it fully plausible (why would you want to point out that an almost irrelevant obligation (in terms of its practical implementation) does not apply in your agreement?) I now do see it as a promising starting point for discussion.

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use requirement

especially if this is about patents..

Michael Martin, MA
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obligation of use

I found another site's forum discussion about this term.
(It could also be "obligation to use", but that seems less likely in this context.)

billcorno (X)
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