Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution:
The Congress shall have Power To...promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
While this is an interesting topic, it's really more of a MD than a Jobs discussion.
What we see more and more, however isn't use of IP rights to allow the developer to be rightfully compensated for work while still making it publicly available, but rather dog-in-the-manger situations where often the actual inventor doesn't get anything to speak of, but some other entity sets up a virtually impassible barrier, often based on a broad concept which neither the inventor nor the current rights-holder may have invested the necessary sweat to bring to practicality.
Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
While working on the job the employee may then come up with an idea but decides to take it to another company to implement because conditions are better. The first employer would have every right to claim it owns the IP on any future products. Right ? Even without their taking out a patent beforehand?
Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
If it's work related to the company, then yes, they own it. As a general rule, think about if this is something you would have been able to do if you had never worked at that company.