I don't know where this work is being done but based on UK employment law, if this development is part of the OP's normal job I would not expect the OP to retain any IPR or commercial rights, unless the employer volunteers them or the employment contract already provides them. It's only when the development is not part of the normal job that you have rights that you might be able to sell to your employer rather than giving them away.
Something like this, for example:http://www.dataq.com/products/hardware/temperature-alert.html?gclid=CM_EtJO06LUCFaI-MgodQzoAHQ at $299
I grabbed them as obsolete scrap and I use them as development boards (they have Atmega128s on them mostly pinned out.)
but any works you develop while on company time belongs to company, period.
Quotebut any works you develop while on company time belongs to company, period.Depending on the industry and the contract that you sign it can get worse. A lot of tech companies will declare anything you develop, on company time or on your own time, is their property. This can include anything you happen to be developing in your basement.
... because even if developed in a developer's basement if it is proved he used proprietary information or knowledge obtained because of his employment through the company, then his basement design may be indeed a violation of the company's IP rights,
Any provision in an employment agreement which providesthat an employee shall assign, or offer to assign, any of his or herrights in an invention to his or her employer shall not apply to aninvention that the employee developed entirely on his or her own timewithout using the employer's equipment, supplies, facilities, ortrade secret information except for those inventions that either: (1) Relate at the time of conception or reduction to practice ofthe invention to the employer's business, or actual or demonstrablyanticipated research or development of the employer; or (2) Result from any work performed by the employee for theemployer. (b) To the extent a provision in an employment agreement purportsto require an employee to assign an invention otherwise excluded frombeing required to be assigned under subdivision (a), the provisionis against the public policy of this state and is unenforceable.
I'm on pretty good terms with the higher ups in the company, they all know and like me. There are overseas parts, but for a big company, they are pretty people orientated, or at least the appear that way. Plus if I start demanding money for it, we've got a fair few smart I.T. people who could probably grasp the tech pretty easily.