I just recently received a job offer (yay) but I'm unsure what should be filled in the blank lines of this part from my job offer.

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    A simple solution is to call them and ask what this means.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 16:29
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    Others have answered with what is expected in the form. I'm just a bit concerned about exactly what "proprietary rights" you are assigning them. I I'm not used to seeing an intellectual property rights agreement built into the offer. If in any doubt, it may be worth paying a lawyer to sanity check that language.
    – keshlam
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 18:52
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    My problem isn't the ip agreement -- it's just that I hadn't seen one signed quite this early in the process. If that's really now the norm, OK.
    – keshlam
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 19:51
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    You might want to read the section before this carefully: Proprietary Rights might be something that can effect the rest of your life...
    – corsiKa
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:10
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    The implication of consider the snippet was raised by me in the very first comment and deleted by moderator.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 20:31

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If signing today I would put:

Rights this 3rd day of March, 2016

  • @jimm101: I've signed quite a few documents where that line just means you are signing it, not that it requires a notary.
    – NotMe
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 21:13
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    This is correct. People are misreading "In witness whereof"; it merely means that the signature is the employee's affirmation of agreement to the terms. If they required it to be notarized there would be more words there, something like "________, employee, appeared before me and acknowledged that his signature on this document ...". Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 21:14

Edited: For anyone like me who thought "in witness whereof" means a separate person needs to witness the document, that is not the case. It is just a legal archaism that is almost meaningless. I based my answer on an unreliable webpage. Thanks to Pete for pointing out my error.

I'm not sure, but I think you should not fill in those lines. "IN WITNESS WHEREOF" means you need to have a witness sign this section, perhaps a notary public with a seal. The witness will fill in the date when they sign.

That being said, if your employer hasn't said anything about needing a witness for this contract you aren't sure how to fill out something in your employment contract, ask them what to do.

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    No, "witness" here has an old, funky meaning. Webster's online gives this definition: "something serving as evidence or proof". That is, the signature is affirming that the signee agreed to whatever is in the contract. Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 21:11
  • The second paragraph of this is better advice "ask them what to do" if you don't know.
    – Brandin
    Commented Mar 4, 2016 at 13:36

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