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The Importance of Employment Agreements  March 30, 2016 – 09:51 am
Intellectual property assets

The Federal Circuit issued a decision regarding ownership of a patent invented by an employee in Preston v. Marathon Oil Co.

In February 2001, Preston signed a letter agreement to begin employment with Marathon.  His employment actually began in March 2001. 

On April 5, 2001, he signed a standard Marathon employment agreement.  The agreement provided a definition of “Intellectual Property” that included all inventions made or conceived during the term of employment that relate to present or anticipated company business or that were created with company information, factilities, material, etc.  The agreement further provided that the employee “promptly disclose” and “does hereby assign” all such Intellectual Property to the company. 

Finally, the agreement gave the employee the opportunity to provide a list and brief description of any unpatented inventions that would not become Intellectual Property under terms of the agreement.  Under this section, Preston wrote “CH4 Resonating Manifold.”

In late 2002, Preston developed an invention related to improved machinery for extracting methane gas from a gas well.  During 2003, a baffle system based on his idea was developed and installed in several Marathon wells.  Preston’s employment ended April 15, 2003.  Prior to that, he had overseen some of these installations, which continued after his employment ended.


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Question on intellectual property

I need to draft up a "Prior Inventions" document to attach at the end of a contract of employment at a tech company. Because I am an artist (the company itself is tech, but I will work in the graphic design department), it is difficult for me to list every single sketch or piece of artwork I have ever created up to this point. However, "artwork" is listed under their definition of inventions. Also, must I included photos or just descriptions of the artworks?
Thank you so much.

Right: Here's the definition currently in there

"As used in this agreement, the term "Invention" means any ideas, concepts, information, materials, processes, data, programs, knowhow, improvements, discoveries, developments, designs, artwork, formulae, other copyrightable works, and techniques and all Intellectual Property Rights therein. The term "Intellectual Property Rights" means all trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, mask work rights... development; or b) Result from any work performed by you for company
To the extent a provision in the foregoing Agreement purports to require you to assign an Invention otherwise excluded from the preceding paragraph, the provision is against the public policy of this state and is unenforceable."
I've been having a bit of a difficult time understanding the last part of that section.

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