I would like to ask about the professional, polite, and conservative way of making sure that my rights are preserved in my current situation. I've been doing a paid internship over the summer that is coming to a close. It turned out to be quite successful as I have come up with a method that the company wants to patent.
My supervisor has asked me to set my end-date to 5 days after my last official day (as originally determined by the contract) to wrap-up my work.
Now I have two questions:
- Should I ask them if they are going to pay me for those 5 extra days for which I don't have a contract? Given that they might think it obvious and be insulted by my suggestion that they wouldn't if I ask, what is the best way to ask this?
- Should I ask them to put my name in the patent as well? If yes, what is a polite way for doing so? Again, I don't want to insult them by asking if they already think it's obvious to do so.
One more thing to consider is that they will almost surely offer me a position after my upcoming graduation, which I might consider accepting. So, there may exist some future cooperation that I want to take into consideration.