Friday, February 19, 2010
Is mentioning as Ex employee or associate of an organisation, violates the copyright or patent rights ?
Is mentioning as Ex employee or associate of an organisation, violates the copyright or patent rights ? .... Question asked in Trainers Forum by Manish Agarwal
As per my knowledge, there is no law in India that prohibits you to use ex-Company as part of your profile. There could be some Companies who may have signed an agreement before you joined saying that you can't use their name in future and there could be non-competing clause too. We may have to check the legal validity of such clauses. I'm unsure but the Constitution of India (especially the Article that gives one a Right to practice a profession or vocation may support one here)
Another thought is - if one can't use it then how come the Past Presidents, Past PM's etc. proudly mention it. Even MP's flaunt it.... and professionally retired Judges use it too. Further let's not forget ex-Army/Navy/Airforce who promptly put up Retd. Colonel / Captain / Cmde etc. in their business cards, letterheads, profiles and even in promotional training brochures ;-)
So why can't others????? Is this Ex / Retd. business only for government positions?
I think I should start using it too. But then, personally I feel it is unnecessary. Our work shall speak! Not our past!