From: Jim Thompson
Subject: Re: Who owns your mind?
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Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 00:05:35 GMT
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On Wed, 27 Nov 2002 20:09:48 GMT,
Chris Carlen ,
In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
Entitled: "Who owns your mind?",
Wrote the following:
|I had a talk with the intellectual property expert at my job yesterday.
| 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 asked if that meant the designs for the wooden table I made for my
|wife's plants, and he said yes.
|I wonder how other folks deal with this sort of thing?
|Thanks for comments.
I was lucky, in that I was already employed by Motorola, when they
tried to invoke such an agreement on me.
I refused to sign it.
Motorola sent around one of their corporate attorneys, Jack Clark, to
cajole me into signing.
I refused, suggesting they were perfectly free to fire me... they
*Thirty five years* later I engaged the same Mr. Clark to defend my
son Aaron against a similar such agreement. We won the case, see...
bottom of page, TekNow versus Thompson.
A lot of these agreements aren't enforceable. If you didn't receive
"consideration" (that is, a direct sum of money, or a portion of your
salary designated as "consideration") when you signed it, the
agreement is generally invalid. If there's no "consideration" clause
there's no *contract*.
The following URL may also be of interest to you young bucks....
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