Tina Syring, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote about the employer and employee ownership of intellectual property in Legal Solutions. Companies often hire and invest in employees to develop new products, improve processes, create new technologies, and develop new markets. With this investment, it should come as no surprise that employers generally own the intellectual property created by its employees in the course of their employment. However, intellectual property that is created by an employee, other than in the course of employment, is owned by the employee, not the employer. These simple principles present challenges for employees and employers alike.
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