Who owns your invention: Beware of contract language

In the fast-paced world of tech development, employees and subcontractors are often called upon to ramp up quickly in order to meet aggressive development schedules. The race to get a quick start on the development cycle and stay ahead of the competition sometimes leads companies to put aside good contracting principles. Boilerplate employment and subcontractor agreements may be used as a timesaver, but there can be significant pitfalls to this approach.

As a current Apple case demonstrates, development…