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Employee Agreements

Be sure that all founders and employees sign a non-disclosure and invention-assignment agreements  (and, if allowed in your state, you may want to consider a non-compete agreement) prior to having them to any work.  Once more, see your lawyer.

Getting this done UP FRONT is EXTREMELY important.  If you don’t get invention-assignment agreements, there’s a danger that your company doesn’t own what’s being designed, and that can lead to very difficult problems (see your lawyer!).  If non-compete agreements are allowed in your state, they may need to be executed before the employee even shows up for their first day.  So again – talk to an attorney!

Both employee and contractor contracts are something you’ll want to be serious about right at the beginning! It’s worth the lawyer’s fees.