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Posted by Rachel Dove on September 12, 1999 at 06:06:28:
Things have moved on somewhat since my previous posting. I have decided to resign and continue to develop software in the same general area as that which I developed at the University. I do not in any way intend to use code (or even the same algorithms) I developed there.
Though nobody has said anything yet, The University is clearly afraid that a group of us will leave and has said that if anyone leaves and works on similar applications - for themselves or another company - they WILL sue that individual, claiming theft of 'know-how'.
I would be quite prepared to make all my new source-code available to the University for inspection (under a non-disclosure agmt.) if they need to reassure themselves that IPR has not been stolen. However, I feel the University seems to regard the whole application area as it's own, rather than any existing work that's been done, and that this would not be satisfactory to them.
Question: Can they sue?, More importantly, what can we do against a clearly unreasonable law-suit, given that they have lots of money and we have little?
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