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Employee Invention Agreements

  • Are you changing jobs?
  • Did you get a consulting contract with a large company?
  • Do they want you to sign an invention agreement or agree to their invention policy?
  • Are you leaving one company to go to a direct competitor?
  • Do they want you for what you know from your current employer?
  • What about current inventions you already have, or inventions you have already been thinking about?
  • After I leave, can they still get my ideas?
  • Aren’t all these invention agreements pretty standard, anyway?
  • This invention agreement doesn’t cover my Sunday church sermons, painting, and children’s book --- or does it?
  • Can I simply say my spouse or children are the inventors?
  • Are the terms of these agreements negotiable, or will they accept some modifications?

Employee Invention Agreements should not be taken lightly. They vary widely in what obligations they place on you and what intellectual property you are giving up. They may include your past, present, and/or future inventions. They may restrict your choice of future employer or business venture. You may want to adequately exclude certain inventions or ideas you already have, or take action to protect your inventions or ideas. The best time to review such agreements is before you sign or before you accept an offer of employment, so you may fully understand your rights and review how to protect your personal ideas. This is also a good time to determine whether you are in compliance with your previous invention agreements.

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