What should I look for when signing an employee contract with a startup?

Critical to determine who owns what and to be sure that IP is protected.  That is where the EPIIA agreement discussed is useful.  There are other documents related to technology assignment that may need to be considered as well, but defining what IP is owned by who, who will own it in the future, and who owns the rights to derivative works (things developed that may be based on one person’s IP).

You can use standard forms, but the advice that goes along with forms and suggestions and strategies for protection can be worth the expense of an attorney.

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