Owning the Fruit of our Labors

Increasingly, companies are requiring their employees to assign to their employers any inventions or ideas they may come up with during, or after, the course of their employment. This Op-Ed in the New York Times discusses an interesting study the author made examining this question: “How does a reality in which we own so little of what we create affect our drive to make something new and original?” The short answer: we are less focused on solving problems and more prone to making errors when we do not own the fruit of our labors.