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Do They Own Me?

nyc217

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Hey Fastlane,

Currently, Ii am employed by a company as a software developer and enjoy it. But, in their contract they state, “you assign your rights to any and all inventions to us....”. Yeah i should not have signed it to begin with, but really wanted a job in general, especially programming at the time. It’s fun and time flies.

So right now Im working on my idea on the side. i have no intentions of stealing their ideas, customers, etc. i also do not use any of their crap to code my from scratch codebase which is based on an entirely different industry.

i know this is putting the cart way before the horse, as i haven’t even finished coding the first version, but i fully intend on finding a way to add massive value via software for now at least. So, i figure i ask.

i just wanted to see if any of you guys here have been through this ? Know anyone that’s been through this?

No this is not legal advice, just want to see what some of you or people you know handled this.

I thought about speaking to a lawyer but it’s like 500 bucks up here. And that is just overkill for now.

But anyways, anybody been through something like this? And has it affected you ?

By this I mean a company that claims to own you and your ba**s.
 
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Consider speaking with an attorney that specializes in Intellectual Property rights issues. Do this in-person and even bring them your hiring paperwork. Maybe you need to pay them for an hour of their time (maybe).
 

nyc217

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Consider speaking with an attorney that specializes in Intellectual Property rights issues. Do this in-person and even bring them your hiring paperwork. Maybe you need to pay them for an hour of their time (maybe).

Yeah I’ll see if I can get around that 500 dollar price tag using a per hour rate instead. Thanks
 
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