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Bill would limit employer rights to employee inventions

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A bill before the New Jersey Assembly would bar employers from profiting from employee inventions—as long as the employee developed the invention on his or her own time and did not use any employer resources to do so.

The bill, A2493, would limit contracts that require employees to assign invention rights to employers unless the invention relates to the employer’s business or “actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development” or results from any work performed by the employee on behalf of the employer.

The bill would also regulate sales of employee inventions to employers.

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