I've been working for a company for a year now. About 2 months ago, I had an idea for creating a manifold. My idea has saved the company thousands of dollars in manpower, resources, and time. I was the sole inventor in creating the idea, and implementing it.
I've looked into some things and I can confirm that:
-I have not signed any sort of agreement with my employer.
-No where in my employee handbook does it say that my IP belongs to the company.
-I was not contracted for creating this; I am a full time employee to the company.
I'm not sure if I'm right in believing that I have a valid base for filing a patent. And even if I am right and I do file the patent, and am approved, what then? My company already uses my invention, where would I go then?