I have been given approval from the company I work at to be able to own my side projects. I am a Support Technician (Customer Service) who does not code anything during my work day. However, my company does know I want to be a Software Developer and want to apply to that position at the same company (some day). This company is not located in California.
I have NEVER coded, developed, or physically worked on any of these projects on company hardware. I have however google searched and researched information about Spring Boot and it's plugins using a company computer (but not on company time). These technologies are the same I use in my projects.
I have only conducted this research hours after standard operating hours have concluded.
Can the company claim ownership of my projects?
This is the exact, and full, contract clause I signed:
"This following is a complete and current list of all inventions that have been or being developed by me on my own time, which do no relate to "Insert Company Name"'s business or its actual or demonstrably anticipated research and development, and for which no equipment, supplies, facility, or trade secret information of "Insert Company Name" has been or will be used. (Note: If an employee is unsure as to whether the development relates to the business, he or she must get approval from a supervisor prior to commencing development. If this process is not followed, Employee agrees that the work will be considered a work for hire.)"