| ||Ask HN: Company got acquired, new contract seems oppressive|
165 points by ExhibitAClause2 on June 17, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 284 comments |
|The company I work for (software engineer, advertising industry) was recently acquired by a larger company.|
The new employment contract stipulates the usual oppressive confidential information and IP assignment things, detailing how the company owns anything I come up with. The state I'm in specifically protects my rights to things I create entirely independently (outside company time and equipment) but the contract also has a clause that says I must disclose any existing inventions or ideas to the company now and that anything not enumerated belongs to them and that by not listing I am acknowledging that the invention idea was not developed or conceived before the commencement of employment.
Assuming I were to sign and return without enumerating any specifics they would own the IP to anything I've done previous to this?
I'd love any advice anyone here has, but perhaps a better question would be-- Are there any "uber for lawyers" services online where I can pay to have someone with bonafides read through this for me?
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