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  1. #1
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    In the very near future, I plan to start a software company and will hire a few programmers to help me.

    How and what should I do to protect the work that they do for me? What kind of agreement do I need them to sign?

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    You will probably need a Non Comp and a NDA among other things. It is best to acquire the services of an attorney in this situation.

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    Hey Red,

    I am not qualified to give legal advice but I think you need a Non Disclosure Agreement with your staff?

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    You need to start with an NDA right out the door. DANG

    Some really good advice; DO NOT ask a bulletin for something only an attorney can resolve for you.

    People on this board Attorney questions and Accountant questions are not for a board, you may get some tips from previous experience, but by the time I finish writing this post and spell checking it 100 laws are now obsolete.

    A thought how about starting a thread with;

    This is my situation anyone know a good Attorney?

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    so how do attorney charge?

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    Depends but for the most part $75+ an hour 50% down and the rest before they are even 1/4 finished with what you want.

    You are concerned about your programmers Attorneys are the biggest money grubbers on the planet.

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    And don't forget that there are copyright ownership issues here too.

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    Chief Betty Victor Hanna's Avatar
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    Inventions and Assigns Contract is very helpful in this case. For the most part, that way your hires can not claim they own the intellectual property you finance and build.

    Here is an excerpt:

    I agree that I will promptly make full written disclosure to the Company, will hold in trust for the sole right and benefit of the Company, and hereby assign to the Company, or its designee, all my right, title, and interest in and to any and all inventions, original works of authorship, developments, concepts, improvements, or trade secrets, whether or not patentable or registrable under copyright or similar laws, which I may solely or jointly conceive or develop or reduce to practice, or cause to be conceived or developed or reduced to practice, during the period of time I am in the employ of the Company (collectively referred to as "Inventions"). I further acknowledge that all original works of authorship which are made by me (solely or jointly with others) within the scope of and during the period of my employment with the Company and which are protectible by copyright are "works made for hire," as that term is defined in the United States Copyright Act.


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