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An employee submits an idea to s or her employer. The

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An employee submits an idea to his or her employer. The employer chooses to not develop the idea or establish proof of concept. Does the employer's IP rights expire at some point and can the employee later leave the company to develop their idea? The idea utilizes off the shelf components and math to streamline a process.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Infolawyer replied 12 months ago.

The employer has rights to the idea and development if done while employee employed. However, if employer waives right to proceed on idea, it can revert back to the employee. It is best if employee gets a release in writing, but if not, the passage of time helps. A written release is the surest protection for employee.

Expert:  Infolawyer replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Infolawyer replied 12 months ago.

thanks in advance.