Hi, is anyone still there? I haven't wrote an article on here in a while, due to interviewing and landing my first Software Engineering job (blog post about that later)
In my career transition, there has been a lot of things I have learned and a lot more I still have to learn and one of those things is Intellectual Property.
That dreaded line, is something that's not talked about in many blog posts, bootcamps and maybe even in university classes.
Do you know who really owns your code?
Did you know that many companies have clauses in their employment contracts that claim to own all your code in and outside of work?
Did you know as a developer you have rights to your code?
Have you wondered how to protect your patent and code?
Are you working with a team and you’re confused on ownership?
So for the past few months, I have had the opportunity to work alongside an incredible woman named Bria. She's a Software Engineer @ Google, amongst many other things including the founder of Tech Stack'd.
Tech Stack'd is an online community for underrepresented adults who want to advance their careers in tech, whether that’s through starting a tech company or joining a technical career like software engineering.
Tech Stack'd provides monthly workshops, weekly discussions, mentorship and much more.
This month, Tech Stack'd will be hosting a workshop on Intellectual Property with David Leichtman. David Leichtman is the Managing Partner of trial law firm Leichtman Law PLLC, formed in April 2017 after practicing for over 20 years in large law firms. He has tried a variety of complex matters in federal and state courts around the country. Recent trials Mr. Leichtman has first-chaired have involved: copyright ownership, infringement and validity claims.
In this workshop, we'll go over:
- Why it's important for developers to know their rights to their code
- What you own vs. what your company owns
- What you can do to protect yourself and your work
- How to determine ownership when collaborating with other people on projects
- How much of other people's code you can use and legally make money (aka open source)
Still Interested? Sign up below!
This workshop will teach developers, freelancers, and creatives what Intellectual property is, how to know and understand your rights, common IP mistakes and so much more!