Opinion: Making employees sign away their ideas is bad for business

04/15/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Companies are increasingly forcing their employees to sign over the rights to their ideas and creative output, writes Orly Lobel, a professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. This is reflected in the fact that individuals now control only about 1 in 10 patents, a significant decrease from a few decades ago. A study conducted by Lobel and another researcher found that this type of arrangement may sap employees of their motivation. "[O]ur research shows that no one can sustain creative energies on passion alone," Lobel concludes.

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