San Diego, CA asked in Contracts, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California

Q: How much would it cost to have a 7 page invention assignment and employee services (2pg) agreement reviewed roughly?

I have my own small business doing engineering and research, but could use some additional funds so I am considering taking on a consulting project with a large company. I know the people I'd be working with as engineers, but the HR from this place is asking I take on being a W2 employee with a contracting company (this is a month long starter project, but perhaps more down the line). The process is elaborate and not only did they do a 7 year background check but they want an invention assignment agreement and an employee services agreement that have a few less typical terms which may have consequences for my own company projects. I wonder how much if would cost to go over these two agreements and get some input legally as I think I need to request some changes. It is fairly standard to hand over IP related to work for a company but I need it to stop there. They also have some indefinite survivability clauses for confidentiality and IP related things.

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Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
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  • Rohnert Park, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Generally speaking ... about $20-$25 a page ... and obviously, it would be ideal to see the document first to firm up or edit the initial estimate... and it may be a good idea to schedule a video call for discussion.

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
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A: It will depend on how complicated is the contract even if it is a few pages long.

Make an appointment with an attorney.

If the company is a large, established they may not agree to any changes.

The terms you described sound standard with most companies.

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Nadine Sameer Deeb
Nadine Sameer Deeb
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  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in California

A: The cost will vary depending on the experience level of the attorney, the complexity of the agreement, and the volume of edits that need to be made. I'd recommend setting up a free consultation with an attorney. In doing so, they can discuss your specific needs and give you a more accurate estimate.

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