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Q: As a developer, does my employer own rights to my side projects that I work on in my own time and on my own hardware?

In my employer’s employment agreement:

“As between Company and myself, I agree that all right, title, and interest in and to any and all copyrightable material, notes, records, drawings, designs, inventions, improvements, developments, discoveries and trade secrets conceived,... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jul 1, 2019

That is what they are asking for. You would need to consult with an employment attorney in your state to see if this would be enforceable under local law.

This is an overreach by the company. Normally, they limit this sort of agreement to inventions or software related to their line of...
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Q: Can I legally sell a resource to accompany a novel study on an online store and refer to the actual title of the book?

I have created a lesson to accompany a novel to sell commercially to other teachers. Most book titles are not trademarked, but the novel title I created the lessons to accompany is listed as "trademarked". In the product, I refer to the title of the book multiple times and the activity pages that... Read more »

Mark A. Baker
Mark A. Baker answered on Jan 11, 2018

I'm not sure I understand your question. Please explain a little more. Thanks,

Mark A. Baker

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Q: Approx legal fees for intl. trademark application for an alcoholic spirit and non-alcoholic beverage?
Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Sep 17, 2017

There is no such thing as an "international" trademark. Each country has its own trademark laws, but you can proceed under the Madrid Protocol to ensure that you are able to protect your trademark rights in various countries.

If you were going to pursue protection in all countries that are...
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Q: What are Alabama state laws on copyright infringement?
William E. Scully Jr.
William E. Scully Jr. answered on May 20, 2014

Copyright law is governed by federal law, the Copyright Act of 1976. It is not controlled by state law, although sometimes the rights of the owner can be enforced in state court. A person who creates a work, let's say a book or a play, owns the rights to that work. Others are prohibited from... Read more »

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