Assignment of Pre-Employment Works


Overview
- The Assignment of Pre-Employment Works is used when a new employee is assigning ownership of software to a company.
- Except for employees preparing works in the course of their employment, the law normally states that when an individual authors a work, that individual is the owner of the work.  A work may be almost anything in written form, such as a book, software, music or script.
- Sometimes, when an employee goes to work for a company, the company needs to acquire ownership of some piece of software which the employee has written.  It is typically in the company's best interests to own the software, especially if any portion of the software may be integrated into one or more of the company's products.
- The Business Attorney Assignment of Pre-Employment Works focuses on employees assigning pre-existing works of software.  While an employee may also have ownership of literary, photographic, or musical works, companies are rarely interested in acquiring ownership of these items when an employee is hired.  
- If software is acquired from a non-employee for cash, use Business Attorney's a Sale of Technology Agreement designed for that purpose.  The Sale of Technology Agreement should also be used when the author conveying ownership of the work is a corporation, partnership or other "non-individual."

When You Need It
- To transfers ownership of a piece of software from an individual to a company.  
- While this form can be used on a stand-alone basis, it is most often used when hiring a new employee into a programming position to assign the ownership of some of the employee's prior software work to the company.


Getting Started

You will need:
- Name and address of the person assigning ownership.
- Name and address of the individual or company accepting the assignment of ownership.
- Description of the software being assigned.
- Identity of any other entities which have also been assigned ownership of the software.

When to Review and Revise 
- To correct the information contained in the assignment.
- To document another assignment.