Individuals may join the JCP in their own right, but are required to submit an Exhibit B in which their employer states that necessary IP rights will be granted.
There are several problems with this approach. For example:
- People change employers.
- Exhibit B grants IP rights only for a specific JSR rather than the broader rights (for all JSRs) granted under Section 6.
- Commercial entities can game the system by having their employees join as individuals.
Clarify the Agent relationship (who is a "duly authorized representative of Employer?")
Clarify the relationship between non-commercial organizations and their members.