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Reasonable? It all depends how much they are paying you for those rights ;-)

Joking aside, it's probably a good sign that they are willing to consider your concerns. Still, I'm not sure the proposed rewording goes far enough. What if you make a discovery related to a company technology or product that you have no knowledge about? At the very least, I'd be inclined to ask for clarification of that to read something like "company's technology or products which have been publicly disclosed or of which employee has been made aware". (Otherwise: "You didn't know about Project X, which the CEO dreamt up in his sleep two months ago but hasn't told anybody about? Well, your work is related to Project X, so now it belongs to us. Sorry.")

Also, the words "related to" are somewhat vague. Does that mean "competitive with", "interoperable with", "based on similar technology", or what?

Honestly, if you are at all uncomfortable with this, it might be worth your time and money (it won't be that expensive) to ask for advice from an attorney. That doesn't have to become an adversarial thing; you are just trying to make sure that you're understanding and agree with what you sign, and that the company is not doing something that will unreasonably hinder your activities. A lawyer will be in a much better position to tell you whether the contract language is appropriate for your situation and in your jurisdiction and to suggest revisions that will meet the objectives of both you and your employer.

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In reply to Re: Intellectual Property by seattlejohn
in thread Intellectual Property by jens

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