This is a part of my effort to help my friend who is thinking about patenting an idea (regarding some concept of security and compression). This is obviously not my idea and I am only helping my friend (let us call him/her X from company Y). This professional X is trying to see if his/her employer (a large company) Y would patent his/her idea or let him patent his idea by himself/herself.
Main Question: How would X contact Y's legal team/patent team directly? and where can that information be found?
General questions (sub-questions; It would greatly help if you can answer; Otherwise, please ignore):
- How would large companies notify employees about possible patenting processes?
- How would the legal team of company be in touch with employees who hold intellectual property?
- I have heard that some companies even reward employees with monetary and corporate benefits if they come up with intellectual property. How is that notified to the employees?
- Does the normal process involve calling the general helpline or sending a draft of the patent to manager for review?
Specific scenario (The reason for asking main question; It would be helpful if the answer also provides solutions for this situation):
- In X's case, X has searched for patent process in Y's website and X has not found any information regarding the same.
- X can also be fired if this patent is disclosed to manager as the manager might think that X is simply wasting time on useless stuffs even though X has worked on it mostly on weekends. This way, X can be fired for being "innovative" while the patent inventor's name might be someone other than X if the concepts of security and compression change significantly. Also, manager may think that X is "over-smart" or "over-qualified". (Note: Manager may well receive the patent draft and appreciate X as well. But, X would not be sure as to which of the two scenarios would occur. X has not come up on an idea that is part of the job description. But, X's idea may also be applicable to Y's software policies. X has come up with the idea during the period of employment with Y. So, to avoid risking future employability, X is seeking a review from Y)
- X has tried the helpline method. But, X has been told to contact manager for approval as a first step.
- X may end up getting stuck at the approval process itself.
X will be safe for sure if X does not patent the idea and does not talk to anyone about it. But, X is not willing to let go of that idea and X needs a patent for it (either through Y or by himself/herself). X is not doing it because he/she would get financial/corporate rewards (He/she has not been notified about the same either).
Thanks for your efforts in reading and answering this.