Does your company’s Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement for new employees require them to list all of their prior inventions? If so, does legal review what they write down? I’ve seen some vague listings, but I’m not sure if it’s worth my time inquiring since risk of dispute over prior inventions is generally low and the scope can be disputed in the future anyway.

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Not in-house (yet), but my firm's PIIAA form only asks people to list those inventions they wish to exclude. Legal should review those (and there shouldn't be many... in my experience, more common to have false positives than actual exclusions).

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I just review for if the exclusions might be relevant to the business in some way.

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Generally the list of prior inventions should be limited to those within the scope of the company’s business. If they have something within that scope you will want to review to make sure it isn’t something the company will be using or could conflict with any ownership rights of the company. Typically when employees have listed prior IP it isn’t in the scope of business and I have them delete it. Employees that have listed something often need to be called out in disclosure schedules as part of a VC financing and the investors may have questions about what is listed.

Their failure to exclude is a risk _to them_ not to the Co. If they don't exclude, they may be assigning the IP to the co. I only scrutinize these if they are close to or adjacent to Co's business area.

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