can someone have IP rights to a company name without owning the trademark or using it
I have a problem. I'm a young startup and we have a member of the team who is holding our company name hostage because he said 'he came up with it' and unless we give him equity we can no longer use it. We've been using the name for awhile, were about to trademark it and are actively seeking investors. Now he tells us we can't use it without him signing it over and he won't. If there were 6 people sitting around the table when the name was decided on can he really 'own' the company name?