Came across this post on Imgur:
The gist here:
An employee created software in 2015 that automated their job. They were let go roughly 1 year later. According to the post, the software was created out of work hours using personal resources and no clause in their contract states that the source code is the companies. Also was patented, with a kill switch.
From the post
No agreement or contract was signed giving legal permission for the company to use my application and source code. They do not have the source code, the only existing copies are on my personal computers at my home and were never introduced to the company environment. They have no legal ownership claim to the application or code or their use.
1) The patent was filed, reviewed, and granted prior to the application being implemented at the company
2) At no time did i spent ANY time creating the source code or application at work or on a company owned device, or with company data.
3) there is no clause in my hiring contract stating company gets ownership of anything I create while employed by them. This contract has been reviewed and confirmed independently by two different attorneys
4)The source code was designed, tested, AND PATENTED with the kill switch programmed in.
5) The estimated $250 million loss is over the course of 6-10 months not all at once. and It's based on loss of production and finding a way to fill the void left by the applications destruction. Likely having to hire a vendor to complete the work as that is what the automation eliminated.
6) In the granting of the bonus there was no paperwork to be signed and there was no agreement verbal or written that the company had cart blanch to use the application.
7) To my knowledge the company does not know that the application has been patented in my name.
Anyone have experience with a situation like this? How will it likely play out?