I was hired as an employee to integrate data which initially no projects existed that required programming. It became clear that the method needed to complete one project was going to require some programming. I work from home as an EMPLOYEE and made the decision to contract and pay a programmer to write the code needed.
I rightly suspected the resulting program would be something that could be marketed and am hopeful that my having contracted the work as an employee, using my own money, the intellectual property is protected and not owned by my employer. I did none of the marketable programming myself and no contracts whatsoever have ever been signed.
Can anyone shed light on the legalities involved in this scenario?