How Does The IP Transfer Portion Of The Agreement Work?

The IP Transfer portion of the Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement works this way:

Any time someone helps you with your project, they transfer the rights to their contribution to you.  This ONLY occurs when they do not have any project related to yours.

For example, let’s say I work for a company doing cyber security and you are working on something related to online security.  If I help you with your project, I probably have a preexisting obligation that all my ideas are owned by my company, so I do NOT transfer my suggestion to you.

However, if you are working on a drone project and I give you a great idea, that idea is yours to do with as you please.  If you want to make it Open Source, you are free to do so.  If you want to get a patent on it, you can do that, too.

If you get a patent on an idea that I help you with, I agree to sign all of the patent documents and officially transfer the ownership of the idea to you.  The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement puts a value on that transaction of $100, so that I will sign the paperwork and you will pay me $100.

If there are any problems with who “owns” the idea, the Agreement let’s us settle any issue with mediation or arbitration.  If we disagree, such as if I won’t sign your paperwork, you can resolve this kind of thing quickly and easily.