Should I sign that employment contract?

by Evil HR Lady on August 31, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I recently joined a young software company. I love the company, and my boss is great. The only thing that worries me is the invention agreement I’ve been asked to sign. It says that anything I create, even anything off company time and without company resources, is theirs. I’m happy to give them anything I’m paid to create, but I feel like anything I create on my own time with my own tools should be mine. How do I avoid signing something I might regret without starting off on the wrong foot with my boss?

To read the answer (which includes advice from the fabulous Donna Ballman) click here: Should I sign that employment contract?

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Vicki August 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

You make changes to the contract that remove the parts about off company time and without company resources.

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Elizabeth West September 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Gah! Thanks for posting this. I write books and have two blogs. None of my existing or future material I do on my own is anyone’s property but mine.

Now if they are putting this in there to cover anything the OP might create with their concepts in mind, then I can see them thinking they might need this clause. But I think the wording should be changed.

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