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Sean M. O’Connor

This Chapter examines the curious contrast in United States law that corporations can be author but not inventors. Further, while U.S. patent law has an implicit right to attribution for natural person inventors - regardless of whether the individual retains any ownership rights to the patent - there is no such right in the copyright law, covering creative self-expression. This Chapter sets out the roots of corporate personhood as a means for understanding the concept that a corporation could be an “author,” before contrasting the different historical outcomes for copyrights and patents.