My previous employer (I quit ~3 years ago) had an IP law firm reach out to me to ask me to sign a "COMPLETE ASSIGNMENT OF PATENT RIGHTS DEED". The patent was eventually issued in the US, and the company is listed as the assignee and I am one of the inventors.
Their e-mail states that the company is pursuing a patent application in India and that the Indian Patent Office requires each inventor to assign their rights in the application to the company so that the company may pursue this application.
- Are they possibly using this as a reason to get me to sign it and maybe sell the patent? I'd like to understand what it means if I do sign it. If they did sell it, would I not get any royalties?
- Do I have to sign this assignment?
- I realize that I may have agreed to assign my patent rights, I haven't actually looked at the text in the original contract
- What if they can't provide my signed initial employment contract?