Who does code written by myself during a partnership belong to in the event the product is later "acquired" by the other party's company?


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I was approached to do a re-skin of my work for 50/50. I agreed and continued to develop this new product. A third party joined and we agreed to 33.3% each. This new partner incorporated the product under their company - without my knowledge. Now they bought the other founder - again without my knowledge - to own 66.6% and changed all product credentials - also without my knowledge. They're now trying to buy me out and insist I sign to transfer all IP, an NDA and a no-compete. However their document seems highly formatted in favor of taking even work that the product is based on and their noncompete is so vague - it almost seems hostile. They also insist that they already own all code developed for the product since the product is now owned by their company and that signing is just a formality. PS. There has been no contract of any form.

Intellectual Property NDA Code

asked Apr 7 '19 at 02:44
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Sierra
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  • I insisted my base code is not related to the product. They have now asked me for a name of that base code - which seems ridiculous since its an unreleased framework and thus no official name. It highly feels like they want to remove my ability to use anything I created during the partnership. – Sierra 15 days ago

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