I had an interesting conversation with an employee today about invention assignment. Invention assignment is a standard employment contract clause for most companies that do work on the web as all of the work product created is intellectual property and the client usually wants to own it free and clear when we are done. Most larger companies have this contract clause anyways even if they don’t do stuff like we do. The employee was surprised to hear that they needed to disclose their own stuff so it was protected from this. The employee thought I was somehow trying to claim it… when the opposite is true, I want to make sure they own their own stuff.