I am employed by a big IT consulting firm or IT services industry in USA (IT and business consulting) at the senior management level (I am not hired to develop software or IT/non IT products, but only do consulting and management) and need help in understanding my patent and idea rights.
I have signed a pre employment NDA which says following things listed below:
Employer and Employee agree that "Inventions," is defined in this Agreement to include any and all new or useful ideas, developments, discoveries, improvements, designs, formulas, modifications, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, and other intellectual property, whether patentable or not (including without limitation any technology, computer programs, software, software program code, logic diagrams, flowcharts, procedural diagrams, computer programming techniques, test, concept, idea, process, method, composition of matter, formula or technique), and all knowhow related thereto, which Employee conceives, makes, reduces to practice, or develops, solely or jointly with others (i) which relate to the actual or contemplated business, work or activities of the Company, (ii) which result from or are suggested by any work which Employee has done or may do on behalf of the Company, or by any information that Employee may receive by virtue of Employee's employment by the Company, or (iii) which are developed, tested, improved or investigated either in part or entirely on time for which Employee was paid by the Company, or with the use of premises, equipment or property provided, owned, leased, or contracted for by or on behalf of the Company "
I want to work on my ideas/concept on the weekends and other non-working hours, and don't want to use my company assets (computer, software, hardware) or workplace (I work from home or work directly on client site)
What are my patent rights and ownership options in the scenarios listed below:
What ideas and concept can be patented by me on my name like electronic gadget, hardware's, home appliance unit, toys or any non-IT service based ideas. Do I need to disclose/assign such kind of ideas with the company or can directly patent on my name?
If I want to develop a software/mobile application based idea and patent it that has nothing to do with my company business model or its service offerings, then what’s my rights to patent such idea?
Thanks for your comments. I did asked the company but they kept forwarding me the NDA rather then answering to my specific question. I live in state of Georgia.