I'm in contract negotiations with a company which have a trial period before offering full-time employment.

Reading the contract, I felt the wording around own IP was a little vague. I am working on my own side project with some co-founders and was worried that they would be able to claim IP ownership of our work.

I asked for clarification by email. They went one better and added an appendix on the end of the contract stating that the specific project would be owned by us.

I showed this to a solicitor I know. They were surprised that the main body of the contract didn't reference the newly appended appendix (the body remains as it was). I asked for an adjustment to include a reference to the appendix in the body. They said they could not do this (stating too much behind the scenes work).

I'm wondering: Is the appendix and the reference to the appendix in the email enough? Or is the absence of a reference to the appendix in the body of the contract damning for our project?


Yes and no to each question respectively.

  • Thanks for your answer. Do you mind if I ask your qualifications and how you would know this? – the_new_mr Apr 3 '19 at 14:28

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.