I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on this one. As I worked for my previous employer, I came up with an idea for my startup. While I was employed, I created mockups/wireframes for my product, and quit my job about a month later to work on my business full-time. So, from the time I got the idea to the time I quit, it was during a month of employment. At this time I hadn't even the slightest idea on how to make this technologically possible, but that's another story. The product is not in the same industry and does not compete with my previous employer.
I did sign a contract that states my ideas belong to the company. It's pretty self explanatory. I started working for the company in a state that enforces these agreements, then moved within the same company to a state that doesn't. I worked in the state that doesn't enforce these a little longer.
How much of the business will my past employer own if the original idea has been modified to something a little different? What if I sell my business to someone else before my past employer takes any action?
Thanks, in advance, for your input. I would rather not waste my time on a business that will keep me in court for the rest of my productive years.