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Discharging Employees

There are various IP and confidential information related issues that should be considered when discharging an employee. It is important that a standard process is followed and necessary information is collected.

Engaging/discharging an employee could include the following steps:

  • Perform exit interview
  • Identify any un-submitted or unfiled inventions
  • Have employee return all IP materials and acknowledge their return and/or destruction as applicable
  • Review employment agreements and applicable policy restrictions in the exit interview for the employee. Also send a termination letter with a reminder of the employee’s obligations