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I have a brief question regarding IP rights in the UK.

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Hi. I have a brief question regarding IP rights in the UK.
JA: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: London UK
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: Nothing it is a small matter that I simply would like clarification on.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No really
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 4 months ago.

What is your question please?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I am a software engineer moving jobs. Before I joined my previous employer I developed a small peace of software privately. I used this software with permission of my employer at the firm I am leaving. My contract says...
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
34;The Company shall own or control all IP in any materials used or created by it or you during your employment"
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I did not notice the "used" part in the statement
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Given that I used the software at work, does it mean that I lost my IP rights for the software to my employer?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
As I said, the software I am referring to was created by me privately BEFORE I joined the firm.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What is your opinion on that?
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 4 months ago.

Yes, I understand.

The word "used" is the problem and is potentially an unfair contract term e.g. if you used third party IP during your employment, that does not mean that the Company would own it.

You may argue the same i.e. the mere fact that you used your IP during your employment does not mean that the Company acquired ownership of it. Under the law of commissioning, any IP created by you in the course of employment would be owned by the employer. In your case, you created the IP prior to your employment with the Company.

I am of the opinion that you have a good case to retain ownership of your IP.

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