I really blew this post, part of it is in the post above. I need some sleep been up to long
My friends call me Ice . I am a "slave inventor". I know you must be wondering why i m calling myself a slave inventor.
I am an engineer by degree. But couldnt find good engineering work as was born in Asia. So, atlast became a software contractor with a software service provider.
2 years back, i sent some of my creative work to company's IP department. They reject some of them (as most of them were related to natural and mechanical science), but selected 1 of them for a patent filing. That was the most exciting moment of my life, I thought my all struggle will be over. It was a system to take decisions the way human do.
Touching story Ice,
I am a little confused. ( You stated 2 years back, i sent some of my creative work to company's IP department. They reject some of them (as most of them were related to natural and mechanical science), but selected 1 of them for a patent filing. ) Were you working for this company when you sent them your work ? Did you create them at home or work ?
If the work was created before your employment , what kind of employment doc, did you sign. Sounds' like you might of took the pipe up the old Wazoo if the work was done before employment. If thats the case someone took advantage of you. If not theres no need to feel bad, just chalk it up as experience.
They hired 2 attorneys from USA for the application and filing process. I worked with the attorneys for long 7 monthes along with my normal office work (gave 16 to 18 hours of my time to work).And it was filed.
Were you a saleried or hourly employee while working there . If you were hourly , that many hours for 7 months and you get $ 1000.00. Looks like the pipe and Wazoo are teamed up again.
But i realized soon that i wont be getting any royalty as its written in the terms of employment document (signed by me) that anything i create while being an employee will belong to the company.
All i got from the organization is 1000 $. It seems to me like a joke. I dont own any rights of the invention. I cant sell it. They just took it from me for free.
I am lying on my bed going through topics in this site. And see many of you "free inventors" so excited after inventing and owning the rights, and considering myself as a slave (in comparison to you).
What i need from you guys?... Nothing... just sharing my story or if you wana help ... give me some moral support.
Thanks for your Time.
If I read your story wrong and you created the technology while working there, it's my fault. Iv'e been up for hours working on a project, ( Brain Screwed ) at the moment.
If you sent them the technology before employment, that pisses me off and means they took advantage of you. And hope you have good documentation logged somewhere. Dates,time,month and year.
Now you can see how important the log is. I tend to slack off in this area at times.
I wouldn't rock the boat at this point, you at least have a job at this point. Theres something to be said about that with the way the economy is today.
Over the years I have taken the Pipe & Wazoo team so many times, I decided a long time ago to invent a stainless steel strap on to keep the Pipe & Wazoo team away from me. So far all I have are dents on it. The stainless steel was a good choice.
We all learn from experience . Hang around this site and learn the how too's. I joined a shot time ago and find it to very helpfull. I see the rest of the members have been thru the same frusration,pain, & anger I went thru. I still go thru it at times , but have my strap on just in case