What if your engineers walked out with patentable ideas: SIRF Tech. v. ITC

LQ PatentCast: SIRF Technology v. the International Trade Commission

Summary: As the CEO of a technologies company, have you thought about what would happen if your top engineers walked out the door with a patentable idea and started a very profitable business?

Every employment agreement should have a clause obligating employees to assign their rights and invention to your company. However, this doesn’t always happen. Every engineer will leave their current position at some point, and some of them will leave with extremely valuable ideas in their heads that they have been moonlighting on.

In today’s PatentCast, you will discover how an engineer walked out with valuable patentable ideas. His company was focused on GPS technologies for surveying applications. This former employer lost out on the “Big Win." They could have had a very profitable idea without expensive or risky litigation.  

What is an Invention Harvesting meeting?

Craige Thompson offers this solution to this common problem of engineers walking out the door with proprietary patents and trade secrets at your expense. 

Craige Thompson, JD, EE, PE, Patent Attorney

Craige Thompson JD, EE, PE Patent Attorney Author of Amazon #1 Best seller, Patent Offense.

James May Electrical Engineer, Founder of James May Engineering, Founder of Audio Sprockets LLC

Craige Thompson and his team are in a different league altogether

In my many years as a telecom engineer in the corporate world, I've worked with quite a few so-so patent attorneys. Craige Thompson and his team are in a different league altogether. Now that I'm paying for these patents myself to further the efforts of my own businesses, I am pleased to say it has been money well spent. Craige got the first patent approved with remarkable skill. Now, a second patent for another business has just been launched. It's been a pleasure to work with folks who not only know the patent ropes but get the engineering and technical aspects. I would highly recommend Thompson Patent Law.