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Old 08-17-2014, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Program to boost work efficiency

I work (from home) at a large corporation that deals with healthcare insurance. While working there, I started to have medical problems that impacted the amount of work I could do. Because of this, I needed to figure out a way to boost my efficiency in order to keep up with my peers. It turns out that the company installs a program called Macro Express Pro on their work computers. They use this to create small macros that help different areas of workflow. Well, I began to fiddle with the program, and over time, I wrote my own macros that significantly boosted the amount of work I can do in a day. Eventually, the company sort of caught on to the fact that my speed of work was roughly 3-4X higher than the average person. They asked me how this happens but I simply told them that I was efficient with my work. They were not very pleased with this answer and proceeded to request that my work computer be sent to them. My guess is that they checked to see if I had any programs installed on their machine. They did not find anything, however, because I wiped any part of the program that I wrote from the computer (yes, it's really gone).

I have not been in touch with the company as I have been out on medical disability. Currently, the program is non-existent... not on my own personal computer or their work computer. It exists only in my head. I am considering whether I can 'sell' them this idea in order to boost their employees' productivity. The end goal would be for them to pay me cash for the program or perhaps increase my salary. Of those two options, I would strongly prefer the former. I am also wondering if I could pitch this idea to rival companies. What type of legal issues should I be thinking about with this matter?

I greatly appreciate any insight or feedback you may provide.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Program to boost efficiency

When you have an idea or invention, you should keep the idea confidential and not disclose the idea to anyone until you show it to a licensed patent attorney and have the attorney sign a confidential nondisclosure agreement. It would be difficult and risky to sell or share your idea with your company without getting it patented. The first step is to fill out a patent application if you believe that your patent is worth it and would sell to the commercial market to prevent anyone to reject your idea then invent the idea themselves.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your idea or invention must me kept a secret. If you have someone in helping you develop the invention, make him/her sign an NDA to prevent any information to be publicly disclose or shared to a third party.

You can also ask a licensed patent attorney for advice. Attorneys value clients confidentiality so your idea will most probably be safe.

If you are in a stage where you are still developing your ideas, you can apply for a provisional patent before anyone else file a patent before you can. This will prevent others to copy and file a patent for your idea.
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