Q: My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

My current employer is asking me to sign an updated restrictive covenant covering idea’s and patents.

I am concerned because, outside of my current employment. And outside of my current employers scope of business. I wish to pursue several patents.

The wording of this document appears too:

1) State that any and all ideas of mine I have to give my current employee the opportunity to review before I file for a patent.

2) It seems this patent review is open ended.

I am looking for a lawyer who can advise me on my obligations and responsibilities under this document. Should I sign it?

2 Lawyer Answers
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local intellectual property attorney who can review the document, your current activities regarding other patents, and then advise you accordingly of any changes to the document before you sign it.

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson

A: It is always a good idea to have an employment lawyer review any contracts with your employer before you sign them. After reviewing the fine print, the employment lawyer can advise you whether to sign the updated document, or ask for modifications. Best of luck!

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