Intellectual Property Questions


335 Votes
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If I'm working at a company, do they have intellectual property rights to the stuff I do in my spare time?

I was interviewed by a lady from Zynga and she told me that Zynga doesn't allow developers to have side projects. Is this true for companies in general, or just a minority that Zynga is a part of?...

asked Jan 26 '11 at 16:35
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John
706 points

1 Votes
3 Answers
1.45K Views
Can a Greek letter be trademarked (for use within the scope of a particular service offering)?

Let's say we offer an approach to better dental hygiene and we call it the change™ dental hygiene solution and we represent our change™ solution with the Greek delta (?) symbol. Hence, we might...

asked Mar 5 '13 at 06:07
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C. Scott
85 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
651 Views
How to approach the NRI's in Aboard

Hi I am Avinash working for vakilsearch.com - we provide online legal services like Incorporation, IP registrations, Tax registrations, Legal Advise, etc about 200+ services. We want to reach...


1 Votes
1 Answers
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If I work as a building inspector and write code on the side, who owns?

Who owns the software I wrote that is used by my company? I'm in California. Nine years ago after having been laid off from my programming job, I started a new career. This job has nothing to do...

asked Mar 24 '15 at 22:15
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Speezy
6 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
577 Views
Do web-builders reserve rights to websites?

I've been pondering over this one for quite a while now, and after doing some research, nothing appeared to come up. So, my questions is, when you use a website builder like webs, weebly, or other...

asked Dec 4 '13 at 13:23
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Dylan Katz
10 points

21 Votes
5 Answers
1.95K Views
Teammates have pushed me out of our venture. What to do now?

I along with 3 other people created a concept for an innovative Ecommerce platform as part of a 5 week startup pre-incubator. We had a great run and on demo day we won the audience and panel of...

asked Aug 20 '11 at 04:10
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Adjoa Opoku
106 points

3 Votes
1 Answers
772 Views
Is intellectual property a commodity?

Is intellectual property considered a commodity? Can intellectual property be bought and/or sold like other commodity type goods?

asked May 12 '11 at 23:36
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Oshirowanen
201 points

38 Votes
11 Answers
7.6K Views
What if Google+ stole my idea? Can I do anything about it? Should I?

From around March 2009 to October 2009, my sister and I built a website and dubbed it our "first startup": Jumpino.com. Truthfully, it was hardly a startup: we had no capital, no way of monetizing,...

asked Jul 5 '11 at 05:46
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David Titarenco
405 points

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1 Answers
398 Views
Ownership of Intellectual Property of a co-Founder

If I, by myself have programmed a website with a lot of contents, I want to start a c-corp to run this website. I will own majority of the shares but there will also be a marketing person and a...

asked Dec 4 '13 at 07:09
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User26315
6 points

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What happens to intellectual property after incorporation?

If two people are working together on a project, and create things like logos, brands, etc, and then at a later point they incorporate the business, what happens to the intellectual...

asked Nov 24 '13 at 07:09
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Sherwin Flight
104 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
394 Views
Going through University Intellectual property and office of Technology

I developed a software program that helped me perform my daily tasks at work and I am in the process of going through the Office of Technology/Intellectual property at the university I work for. I...

asked Nov 25 '13 at 06:22
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Mike Diaz
106 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
765 Views
Using other brand's logos if I recognise the rightful owners?

I have an app that gives info and trivia facts about globally recognised brands, sports teams etc. If I want to use photos or logos that belong to these brands, can I use a disclaimer notice that...

asked Nov 5 '13 at 18:09
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Keith
6 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
365 Views
IP ownership and obligations

After coming up with an invention, i found a partner and he became 50% patent owner / partner. 6 months after filing for a patent, we became employees for the first time - obligated to the company...

asked Oct 1 '13 at 10:48
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Asituation
6 points

1 Votes
4 Answers
961 Views
What stops another company from copying your idea?

I got asked this question at a local venture conference recently when pitching our product. I've heard this question a handful of times and I really would like to get some honest feedback on the...


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Dividing 10 Million Shares among consultants not founders

Our three founders will not really be the true founders. We realize we need to give power and control to the next team members who will become the true founders, while we will be demoted to...


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2 Answers
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How long after employment termination is it OK to file the patent for an idea being developed after leaving employer?

An idea came to me while I was employed. The idea is within my broader field of expertise, but completely unrelated to the projects I was doing for my employer. I started working on the idea after...

asked Sep 13 '13 at 08:20
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D. Terry
16 points

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1 Answers
385 Views
What kind of license am I looking for for free fonts to use in my app?

I'm an ios developer and created an app which allows the user to add different texts and reposition them. I would like to provide my users with a premium feature which is a font pack. I'm looking...

asked Sep 18 '13 at 15:24
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Vondip
577 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
815 Views
Domain Name Transfer to former employer

I was the original registrant and owner of the domain name my (former) company website. The company never "acquired" nor did I assign it to the company. The company is now threatening that I should...

asked Aug 31 '13 at 10:41
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Gupshup
52 points

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2 Answers
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Using OSS libraries in my product - will that protect from patent litigation?

I am working on an innovative product that uses a GNU GPL licensed library and per GPL needs open-source my work as well. Could that protect me from patent litigation? I am worried since my former...


5 Votes
3 Answers
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If a startup makes a candidate write code for the interview process, does the code belong to the candidate or the startup?

A certain candidate applied for a certain company. The company asked the candidate to write some code for the interview process, and it turned out to be quite well written and could qualify as a...

asked Sep 6 '13 at 15:36
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Somesh Mukherjee
149 points