I previously was the lead developer in a software project. They have contacted me and attempted to trick me into signing a patent assignment. It says "in consideration of good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned hereby sell, assign, and transfer.."
So before signing it I asked them for this consideration. They said that refers to my previous compensation. Well, I am pretty doubtful of that.. how could I have sold those rights so far in advance?
One of the people listed as an "inventor" on the patent is quite wealthy and has a very high profile job. What actions can I take that will enable me to receive "monetary consideration" for signing this patent assignment form? If I cannot receive this, how can I block or protest or interfere with this patent?
It says US application number 14/272,114 and attorney docket no 16170/1. Can't figure out how to find that in the patent database, searching for those numbers doesn't show it.
Just to be clear, I was the original creator of this software on a freelance basis, and more than half of the elements referred to in the drawings are actually features that I architected or implemented.