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?
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
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