Intellectual Property Assignments Are Crucial

This item is mainly for non-lawyers.  The worst thing in the world is to have difficulty obtaining an assignment of source code ownership from a software developer, or for the developer to depart with valuable trade secrets.  Working from the context of medical device development, my former colleague Steve Hansen has written a great post addressing issues surrounding securing and protecting technology developed by employees.  Highly recommended reading for managers and owners of software development; these are all issues that arise far too frequently in the software context, and this is an area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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