I work as a Financial Analyst for an e-commerce & catalog retailer. They do not manufacture, design, or build products. My employment agreement includes an invention assignment clause. Would this be considered enforceable? I was not hired to invent by any means.
1 Answer from Attorneys
Yes, invention assignment clauses are generally enforceable for inventions that employees come up with as a part of their employment (whether or not the employee was hired to invent) or that are related to the job or to the employer's business.
If an employee who has signed an invention assignment agreement invents something that has nothing to do with the employment, does not compete with the employer, and the employee keeps everything to do with the invention entirely and completely away from the workplace, the employee may — MAY, depending on several variables — be able to get around an invention assignment clause.
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