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I understand you are wanting to know more about an employment contract. Please provide me with some more details of your query
Thank you very much for clarifying. The first thing is to check the definition of the clauses and specifically, to see that it relates to works “made, created or developed by you, either alone or with others, during your employment, which relates to or is capable of being used in the business of the Company and/or any Group Company.”
The word ‘future’ in b) would not just apply whilst you are employed by them and can still apply after your employment terminates, but it will only be relevant to the IP as defined in the contract, so anything which you created during your employment and which will relate to or be capable of being used by the Company.
Even if the agreement terminates, this part will still continue tom operate, in a sense that if you obtain IP rights over something which you created whilst employed by this company, it can still belong to them even after the end of your contract.
Hopefully, I have answered your query in a way that is simple and easy to understand. If anything remains unclear, I will be more than happy to clarify it for you. In the meantime, thank you once again for using our services.
In the end, it all has to be considered fairly and reasonably. If it is clear that you did no work on these during work time for this employer, using their resources or doing something which directly relates to their work, it is unlikely a court would give them the IP rights. They are generally interpreted relatively narrowly and only as necessary to ensure a fair application
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