If people work on a startup as a side project, do their employers have any claim over what they create?
August 29, 2008 8:42 AM Subscribe
I have some interest in getting a little startup going. I'm thinking through who could help, and some of the people on my list are still at my former employer. I worked there for quite some time, and would like to ask a couple of folks there if they want to commit some off-hours to this as a side project. Problem is: will their employer (my former employer) have any claim on what we create - since they still work there? I'm thinking of the whole anything-you-invent-while-working-here clause we all sign when we get a new job. It's not a competitive idea, necessarily, though it is something the aforementioned company should do themselves and might even be interested in buying someday. Would I spoil things by involving folks who still work there? This is in California.