Businesses commonly require their employees and independent contractors to sign agreements assigning ownership of all work product and related intellectual property rights to the business. A 2011 B.C. Supreme Court decision holds that those agreements do not assign legal ownership of copyright in future-created works (works created after the agreement is signed), and that copyright in a work can only be assigned by an agreement that is signed after the work is created. Businesses should consider implementing practices to address this issue and ensure that they acquire appropriate rights in their workers’ work product. (...)

 


type Avoiding IP Ownership Surprises