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Dispute over the software that I used to complete my task for our company [on hold]

my friend and I set up a e-commerce company together as %50-%50 partnership. My part of work was get product information from websites and keep the inventory accurate for our online store. We do not ...
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Can a company claim that my personal password is their intellectual property? [closed]

I am facing a court case where my previous employer is stating that they own my passwords as its intellectual property. I am in UK. I got fired for refusing to give my password. When I search the ...
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Intellectual Property from old job [closed]

I am a team leader at a tech company. Our team are currently building up a certain area of expertise. A colleague has joined us recently and has shared with me the Intellectual Property of the same ...
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What to do after an employee leaked our algorithm? [closed]

One of my company's internally developed algorithms was published online. It's a complex algorithm that took years to develop, I have a pretty good idea of which employee leaked it based on the team ...
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I believe I have taken intellectual property

Prior to leaving my former employer, I sent to my personal email a powerpoint presentation that I wanted to use for studying and upskilling while on a break. There is no company confidential data ...
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Blogging about techniques researched during working hours

I am a programmer for an mobile app development company, specifically for the server side. I am wondering whether it is bad to write a blog about techniques learned during working hours. I am not ...
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Disputing Intellectual Property Section in Contract

I know its pretty standard for companies to add an IP section to the contract, but the one I have received for the new job I have accepted seems pretty full on to me: Intellectual Property 19.1 You ...
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How can I challenge ex-manager claiming undue credit without burning bridges?

A few weeks ago my manager from a previous company contacted me asking if he could include research I completed while working there in a conference paper he was writing. He said the paper would be an ...
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Can I take a copy of documents that I've written with me upon resignation? [closed]

I've been writing Technical Documentation for a few years at my current employment. I am currently resigning from my position and am curious: is it considered acceptable for me to take a copy of what ...
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How can I retain intellectual property of a specific project?

I have been working on contract for 4 years developing software. (and more than a decade before that as a regular employee elsewhere) The contract is conventional in that the work I do for them ...
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How to best pitch my side project to my boss?

Our company develops and markets a series of software products. I'm a software developer. I've been working on a side project for the last month and a half outside of working hours. This is a product ...
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How do I handle the Intellectual Property theft in office? [closed]

I have been working in a research organization for the last three years and developed a few innovative methods for practical problems. While I was busy delivering to customers, my manager asked one ...
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Putting experience on resume from a project that used source code without permission

I'm currently a senior at my university and am looking to graduate this upcoming summer. I've been trying to add more depth to my resume, and one of my biggest sources of experience has actually been ...
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Adding Github repo to my resume [closed]

Besides repos for basic school projects, I have one private Git repository for an app I'm making with several friends. That repository contains code that utilizes much more advanced programming ...
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How can I persuade my manager to include my name in the article if there's no attribution policy?

I work for a company as a copywriter. My core responsibility is to write engaging marketing content related to the product I'm advertising. Recently, I've written an article on my own initiative. I ...
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Former manager who left company is asking for documentation I prepared as his direct report

I've been at my place of work 5 years now, and my first manager there left around 2 years ago. (It was not on great terms.) We did not speak until a few weeks ago when he asked to get lunch. We did, ...
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Is it acceptable/legal to use personal software projects in work software? [closed]

I'm working on a software solution to a particular problem at work, and I noticed that part of the problem I actually encountered a few months ago on a personal project of mine, and created a library ...
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Former coworker has uploaded proprietary source code to GitHub - what to do? [closed]

I work as a software engineer. Few years ago I was part of software development team, where I wrote code for a back-office system at a bank. Recently I discovered on GitHub, that one of my coworkers ...
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Can Employer file case if by mistake employee down load source code

I am working as an software developer for startup IT software company.Company given me public access on all project source code .There is an download zip option on system on which by mistake I have ...
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Extended opensource software as a side-task, how to ask my boss about to contributing it back to the community?

Note, it is not a software licensing question, it is a "how to ask this from my boss" question. The IP part is here irrelevant. In my current project, I have a relative high freedom, actually the ...
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I automated my job and the company doesn't know, what do I do now? [duplicate]

So I made a program that does my own job. I worked about 9 months on it, using the time I saved from not having to do my job, plus staying after work, plus working on it on the weekends. The company ...
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Keeping and reusing code I wrote in my current job after I quit [closed]

I wrote a lot of code during my current job that I am now in the process of leaving. Normally when I write programs, I refer to my old code all the time, I also have libraries of functions I include ...
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Interviewee offered code samples from current employer — should I accept?

I've had a technical interview with one person (software development) and I don't usually request for code samples. Reasons aside, this one person offered to show me code that they've been doing for ...
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Do accounts connected to company emails belong to the company?

Do accounts connected to company emails belong to the company ? Are they allowed to change passwords and take control of any accounts connected ? Or do you have the right to take accounts that don't ...
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Copyright and the definition of “during employment” [closed]

I'm in the UK. My employment contract says that anything I create "during [my] employment" that "can be used in the course of the company's business" must be handed over to the company. Suppose that ...
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How do I approach my boss about licensing concerns he has already dismissed once

I work at a large, international company, with my office situated in northwestern Europe, and my manager has recently asked me to create a safety poster for use at my workplace. He also included some ...
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How to organize a “startup” within a company? [closed]

Me and my colleague friend were working on a development (coding) idea for quite a while. We explored tools, possible services and created several prototypes of our idea. Eventually we became ...
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Is it possible to obtain the computer files of previous university researchers/employees if they used the company/university wifi? [closed]

Relevant Background I'm a post doc at a U.S. University. I need the files of a grad student research assistant who has left the lab. The student created files (data, codes, simulations, etc) for a ...
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Ex-Employee Published Entire Source Code on GitHub 3 Years Ago - How do we Get it Down? [closed]

Roughly 3-4 years ago, we hired a PHP developer and tasked them with building small "satellite" websites. They didn't stay long, and we had largely forgotten about them. Fast-forward to today, one of ...
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Sharing Personal External Publications With Coworkers [closed]

I am new to my current company, but have 20 years with other companies. I am considering presenting some topics to my co-workers, but I think I'd like to share the same concepts with the rest of the ...
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Possible intellectual property theft issue for a web application [closed]

About a year ago, I started working for a company (I'll call them Company A) and helped develop a web application for them. Eventually, my manager asked me to make changes to the application for ...
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Starting a venture while still working a 9-5

I have an idea that I would like to pursue and possibly make a business out of in the future. However, I am not at the stage where I am willing to quit my regular job and make myself a full-time ...
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How to respond to an employer's intent to copy software design

We are working on planning a new design of an old outward facing legacy web application and during one of our meetings we covered the specs for what the new features should be along with the look and ...
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Remotely working on a personal computer from a work machine (off hours) [closed]

I was recently given a new office laptop which has been quite explicit about enforcing certain employer-employee agreements. Because of this I've been reflecting on the ownership rights regarding the ...
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I want to obtain exclusive rights to a project I proposed that the company is no longer interested in [closed]

I proposed a BHAG to my employer (whom I've known for years prior to employment) back when I was hired on. She was ecstatic, but my immediate supervisor was not convinced. It has since been dropped ...
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Company keeps former employee email accounts active - [closed]

A company I work for does not remove or delete former employees email accounts/passwords and login credentials they are easily accessible to keep using and in fact are sometimes used still for some ...
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Can my company make me do work which is not in my contract or force me to teach/show others my work [closed]

I work for a company, and in my current role at this company my contract does not involve me writing code of any description or doing any development work. I have over the past few years been writing ...
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How do I approach my employer to apply for a patent for my algorithm?

I work for a software company. I have the beginnings of an idea of, what I believe will be, a patentable algorithm. I don't know yet if it will actually be accepted, but anyway, won't know until I try....
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Developing an application voluntarily for my company in my free time - Do I own it? [closed]

I often find myself with free time at work, and our e-reader (I work for a small town newspaper) is not user friendly in the least. So in my free time, and sometimes off the clock, I began developing ...