What are the legal obligations of developers when creating new software? 5 Answers as of September 12, 2012

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Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
Whatever the contract shows. If you are witting it for hire then your employer should require a contract that states all software and intellectual property is owned by the employer.

If you are the employee then read the employment contract. Some companies do not ask or require ownership of the code or intellectual property.

If you are an individual witting the code then the header of each file should include something like: (C) 2012 your name.

Even if you create software from scratch another party may still "think" that you stole the idea, source code or other intellectual property. Let me know if you have any additional questions in regard to this issue.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/12/2012
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
This question is too vague and broad. You cannot violate copyrights and patents of others and should retain counsel to conduct a clearance analysis. And there are many many other legal obligations or risks.

Anyone developing software must work with legal counsel of face a potential disaster
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/12/2012
Tran & Associates | Bao Tran
You should make sure your software does not infringe other's intellectual property. At the same time, you should create patents that protect your intellectual property because the patent has monetary value. For inexpensive software to do this, you can check PowerPatent's web site for ProvisionalBuilder software There are numerous other concerns (such as confidentiality, ownership of the code) that requires a session.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/12/2012
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