Written by attorney Steven Becker

Who Owns your Company's Intellectual Property?

There’s a difference between intellectual property created by employees and intellectual property created by consultants. Who owns this intellectual property depends on the type of work performed and what agreements, if any, are in place between your company and the employee or consultant.

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Sometimes, it's difficult to determine whether an individual is a consultant or employee. The IRS provides guidance on this issue from a tax perspective, but this information is equally applicable to the intellectual property area.

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