Employees, ex-employees and consultants - who owns their inventions?

Employment relationships are more fluid and complex than they used to be. The traditional model of a long-term employee paid to do inventive work throughout their career is less common than it once was. So what does that mean for ownership of inventions?

A recent court case between a software engineer and his former employer highlights the issues. If the employee was inventing at home in the evenings should he or the company take the benefit?

Mark Pearce considers the case and what it means for employers and individuals here.

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