So I work for a leading company who has a vendor that supplies software to both the company I work for and a competitor.
The software and right to sell licences is owned by a third party who allow our vendor to distribute.
The software is not ideal for the purpose and so the vendor is open to looking at alternatives.
My company is open to me doing work on the side so long as there isn't a conflict of interest.
So I am looking at the following possible options:
I could produce alternative software and licence it to the vendor who then distributes to its clients which include my current employer and a competitor.
I would do freelance work to write alternative software for the vendor who have ownership of the licensing and can sell to its clients which include my current employer and a competitor.
Are either of these a conflict of interests?
Perhaps there is another way I could provide the software without causing any conflicts and still make a bit of money, perhaps even hold the rights to the software and licensing?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
----EDIT----- The software would be a bespoke solution for the vendor..
The vendor provides machinery, the software would act as a tool to interact with the machine.
----EDIT---- I would like to add that I in no way intend to do any work without first consulting my company,
I would however like to get a better understanding of the options that might be available so I am fully informed when I do aproach them.