Company harassing me by fabricating charges for stealing IP
Muhammad Salman Khalid
posted a year ago
Hi, I went into a contract with Belgium company to develop an electronic product. Compensation was based on revenue/profits from the sale of the product as it was part time for me. Once I signed the contract I worked on it for almost an year (spent like on average 8 to 12 hours per week on it). The company continuously delayed on their end and once I had the architecture sample & concept design ready they decided to terminate the contract. To ease working with me I shared a directory in my google drive so that files could be shared easily. Once they said verbally they are terminating the contract I disconnected their access from my drive. (Note: I have not be payed any form of compensation yet for my effort or work product) After one month once I started negotiating for compensation as they are still gonna go ahead with my work product and make the product themselves they accuse me of stealing their IP. I explained to them that I have not stolen anything and it is not my job to store their files on my drive and keep giving them access to it (I have not shared it with any one or made it public or anything similar to this). In good faith I mentioned to them that I will happily give them my local copy of the data as I have no use for it as long as they acknowledge that it is not stolen but they keep accusing me of stealing the ip instead of sending me details on how to send electronic copy to them. Because of this we have not moved forward in negotiating for my compensation.
I do not have much knowledge of Belgium law and I would like some legal advice here on how to proceed as they keep threatening me with legal consequences.
- Dispute Resolution law
- Commercial and Business Law