I have provided as much background as I can in asking for this advice. I am concerned not to have receiveda response.
Kindly specify what other information would help you formulate your advice. My relationship to the colleague in question is a business one and I have worked on and off as an associate delivering consulting and training work under his company name as an independent self-employed contractor. I was not paid by or asked by his company to develop the info graphic, rather it was something I had worked on in my own time and for my own purposes. I had got as far as creating a draft which I then asked a designer to 're-image' and had shared the draft infographic with my colleague as part of a co-operative information sharing exercise.
I look forward to your answer in due course.
He owns one business and I work independently in another and I work as a subcontractor with him from time to time. It is not a logo Alex it is an infographic- in this case a very condensed summary of research with data presented in a very accessible visual format. I designed it independently, shared it as a gesture of goodwill as a colleague and then he used the material in his own brochure without asking my permission or telling me, then circulated the brochure and
in draft form and I spotted he had lifted/copied much of it. Although he subsequently agreed to change some of the content. There is still more than a passing resemblance to my original document and in any case it was my novel idea to present this particular subject matter in the info graphic format. So now his brochure makes use of my 'novel idea' and uses 10% of material I had put in it. He argues that it was his designer who copied my ideas and further that use of infographics is widespread. My point is no one else out there (I have checked on line) has used the infographic format to summarise the research in quite the way I have and he has therefore 'stolen' my original idea. He seems intent on producing the brochure and will 'go to market' with a novel and appealing way to persuade people to buy his services that I want to use to promote my services. Shall I just go ahead and get in there before he does? Can I stop him if I cannot form alliance or partnership wherein we agree to share IP, collaborate and share any business that comes as a result of any promotional material we agree to produce/share or publicise together? Does this make sense?
It looks different but contains similar elements but most importantly it is the only instance that I am aware of as I say above, where someone has used an infographic to summarise and represent this particular research about trust in orgnaisational life!
I am sorry Alex, but it does not sound as though you are really able to grasp this. I am concerned about the questions you are asking. Are you actually able to give me any meaningful advice?
I am ending this highly unsatifactory consultation.
No thanks Alex.