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From: C.D.H.Williams@exeter.ac.uk (Charles DH Williams)
Subject: Re: Who owns your mind?
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 22:53:54 +0000
Organization: speaking for myself...
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In article <3DE526FA.7010908@BOGUS.earthlink.net>, Chris Carlen
> I knew that I signed an agreement when I started working that anything
> I invent belongs to them. But I didn't realize that anything I invent,
> at any time that I am employed by them, belongs to them.
> I wonder how other folks deal with this sort of thing?
Wait for a strike, or take some unpaid leave, and do your inventing then.
Write on the disclosure form that you consider this to be a valuable idea
and if they retain the rights, but fail to fully exploit and protect them
they will be negligently depriving you of your share of the potential
licence income and you reserve the right to bring a damages claim at any
time in the future. [*]
Remember that IPR is utterly worthless unless someone with deep pockets
and big lawyers wants to buy it, or you can use it as evidence of your
ability and hence get a better job.
Remember the Polish (?) saying that "The quiet cub sucks two mothers."
[*] Lawyer types get really nervous about unquantifiable future claims.
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