I'm having a hard time wording a specific question here, so hopefully thru discussion we can get to what I'm looking for... When moving to a new job, do you bring your recipes with you? Example, where I currently work, we serve fresh pastas using recipes developed and refined by me using techniques and ingredients taught to me mostly by my grandmother. When is it ok( or not) to share my recipes or use them professionally? Another example would be using menu items from previous jobs for say a dinner special, (or heck, put it on the menu cause it went over so well). Where do you draw the line between stealing and borrowing? When do you lose the right to your own creations? This isn't something that is really going on in my life right now, but someday I'm sure it will. Maybe it's happening to you. I'm really interested to hear what you think is ethically responsible vs the way things work in the " real world". Plus it couldn't hurt to be educated as to how the law applies.