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Motorola sues to block appointment of new Nortel CEO

20-Oct-05 01:27 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments


CBC News:Motorola sues to block appointment of new Nortel CEO

Ya know….it would really suck to be this guy.  I mean, as a developer I’m a big proponent of intellectual property (IP) rights, but I’m not so sure it’s fair to hamper someone’s ability to eaern a living in the process.  Although I’m sure Zafirovski isn’t hurting in the wallet, he’s been offered a position by Nortel – it may well be the next big step in his carrer, and some ex-employer comes along and screws with the whole process citing some nebulous IP conflict.

Seems a little fishy to me.  There whould be well-defined rules about when IP comes into play too, and it’s tough to suggest that necessarily happens before someone is in a job.  Conventionally speaking, the practice in my career has been that once a position is left behind any new skills acquired doing the work become mine and can be taken with me (for lack of any practical impediment) without royalty.  The actual work done (code written) becomes the property of the employer.  The only exception to that is in a contract situation, which is outside an employer/employee relationship.

So here’s hoping Nortel gets its CEO without much delay.  And more power to Zafirovski in his bid to join Nortel’s executive.  Motorola shouldn’t have a leg to stand on here, IMHO.

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