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Home Q&A Forum Can an employer enforce an IP Assignment Agreement if it was signed after an employee had already started working for the company?

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IP Assignment Agreement

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Asked on Jun 16, 2024

Can an employer enforce an IP Assignment Agreement if it was signed after an employee had already started working for the company?

I recently started working for a tech company and was asked to sign an IP Assignment Agreement, which states that any intellectual property I create during my employment belongs to the company. However, I had already been working on a personal project before joining the company, and now I'm concerned that they might try to claim ownership of it. I want to know if the agreement is enforceable, given that it was signed after I had already started working for them.

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Washington

Answered 7 days ago

Merry A.

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I hope that you have not yet signed this agreement, because it may indeed be enforceable. If it has not yet been signed, amend the agreement to exclude the personal project from the agreement before you sign it.

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