Work-for-hire and the startup: are startups treated differently from mature companies when they try to protect their IP? Does it depend on the form of entity…???
The Ninth Circuit in JustMed v. Byce found that a startup founder's former brother-in-law and part-time code developer was indeed an employee when he wrote the code -- and the code was therefore indeed a work for hire. This meant the company owned the code and the disgruntled former brother-in-law did not have any independent ownership rights in it. This [...]