Oxford, OH asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio

Q: I had an idea for an invention while working at WalMart in OH but don't work there now. Would they have any claim on it?

1 Lawyer Answer
Paul Overhauser
Paul Overhauser
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Indianapolis, IN

A: Assuming you never signed an agreement with WalMart stating that you would assign inventions to them, it is very unlikely that WalMart has a claim on your invention. Except in instances where there is an agreement, or a particular employee was "hired to invent," the employee, not employer, owns rights to inventions made.

Paul B. Overhauser

Overhauser Law Offices, LLC


317 891-1500

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