A great many of your bigger companies require new hires to sign contracts that convey to the employers any "Intellectual Property" that the workers "make or conceive" during the term of employment. Courts treat such assignments as valid in spite of the at-will nature of the relationship.

But what happens if a worker conceives an invention before starting the new

Blawgletter adores cases that involve energy — oil, gas, wind, sun, nuclear, electric, tidal, you name it. We tried one last May in Texas and another last month in Louisiana — and look forward to trying a Great Many others, within Texas and without.

Which made us smile today at Judge Posner's opinion yesterday in