Intellectual Property Protection
What type of agreement should be used in a situation where a person shares proposals with organizations and does not want them to take the ideas and use them to create their own programs or move forward with a program without their permission and/or without compensation. Is this a non-disclosure type agreement or something else? Someone had mentioned it also being possibly a retainer type agreement?
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Re: Intellectual Property Protection
The lawyer's answer: It Depends. Here, it depends on (among other things) the nature of the organization, on your relationship with the organization, and on the IP policies that the organization has in place.
A nondisclosure/noncompetition agreement is a good start; a licensing agreement is a good culmination. I don't know what you mean by a "retainer" agreement, unless you're looking to get paid to produce the IP then hand the IP over to the organization.
Many organizations won't even look at an IP proposal without appropriate protections in place for themselves and the conceiver of the IP. For that, you need to hire an attorney. Please call my office for a consultation (you'll get the voicemail during Christmas week; just leave a message with your phone number and we'll return your call).
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