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My name is ***** *****. I am an independent contractor that has not been paid in the last 6 months, I have continued to provide voluntary service in the hopes the company would do better. I've decided to start my own company and am worried about the IP provision in my NDA. Specifically I discussed an idea with my boss that he didnt take any further and I would now like to start my own business in that field. Will I have any issues?

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I am an independent contractor that has not been paid in the last 6 months, I have continued to provide voluntary service in the hopes the company would do better. I've decided to start my own company and am worried about the IP provision in my NDA. Specifically I discussed an idea with my boss that he didnt take any further and I would now like to start my own business in that field. Will I have any issues?Read more: http://www.justanswer.com/employment-law/28feb-independent-contractor-not-paid.html#ixzz41mk64AjN

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Hello,

Thank you for the information and your question. I can't tell you whether or not the Company will try to pursue this issue since that is a discretionary matter on their part. However, if they have breached your IC agreement, for example by not paying you under the contract, then that will usually mean the entire contract, NDA and all, is voidable by the court. In other words, they can't, on one hand, say the NDA should apply, and on the other hand fail to follow the pay issues under the contract.

Even if a court were to say the NDA is enforceable, if the Company never adopted your idea, they would be hard pressed to say this in their intellectual property. But again, no way to say they would pursue it, but if they did, they would have a hard time if they failed to pay you as agreed.

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