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I've encountered both scenarios. Previous company I worked we had a number of company devices but people also used their own in addition to that (AFTER the tests on the company devices showed the apps weren't going to cause mayhem, those private devices were mostly used to allow testing on more different screen sizes, OS versions, and hardware ...


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I'm not a lawyer, so this should not to be considered definitive legal advice. You don't mention if there are license issues with the old code etc. So I'll assume they are proprietary. In general, all code, trademarks and IP would belong to the company A. That is what you were basically paid to do there. The knowledge remains yours, but may be subject to a ...


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Both code and system design are subject to their own claims of copyright. And if you're intimately familiar with someone else's work, even a clean-room defense might not hold up in court. The simple fact is that there is no good easy answer to "how close can my hobby be to my work before I cross the line." Even if we switch the topic to something slightly ...


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Even if you did not copy code between the two projects - at least not intentionally - if your employer gets to know about the issue, he might impute this to you. And can you be 100% sure you did not copy anything unintentionally? Given someone runs a compare tool on both source codes, can you be sure he will not find parts for which it might be debatable ...


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Ideas can not be copyrighted. Only specific implementations of an idea fall under copyright. But ideas can be patented. Patents on software are not valid in all jurisdictions, so when the idea happens to be patented you might still be able to distribute your software in some parts of the world but not others.



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