If I invent something in my own time, does my employer have a claim on its ownership?

An invention made in your own time (i.e. not in the course of carrying out your employment duties) would normally belong to you.

However, it is sensible to get specialist legal advice as soon as possible, as this is a complex area of law.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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