Dialogue puts invention into public domain

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Background

I worked for a US based defense contractor.

Because the parent firm was British, the division had to be incorporated with it's own board of directors so as to create a fire wall on what we were doing from the foreign entity that owned us.

We were also separate from the approximately 36 other divisions.

During my employment, I came up with a novel invention.

Although this Proprietary Agreement states 42 times the agreement is between myself and the Incorporated Division, Corporate is now claiming the agreement extends to all divisions. I have nothing in writing that states as such from my time of employment.

Question: By disclosing the invention to an engineer from a division other than the solely Incorporated Div I work for, did I put the invention into public domain?

Dialogue occurred around summer of 2012.

Gerald

Posted 2014-11-06T20:25:52.617

Reputation: 31

Question was closed 2014-11-07T15:23:06.277

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