In the situation discussed in the case, it may be most appropriate to adopt deontological approach to decision-making. In this way, the appropriateness of using the software without notifying Locite Inc. should be considered in the light of the existing rules, in particular the laws governing the use of Intellectual Property Right. It is also the safest strategy because non-adherence to the country legislation may result in significant penalties both for Derek and SofTec, since the software has been developed not solely by Derek and most probably it has been copyrighted by Locite Inc. Therefore, deontological ethics suggests that before notifying Locite Inc., Derek should seek legal support from SofTec lawyers. In case using software is illegal without Locite Inc. permission, SofTec managers could still give Derek the new position, in view of the fact that his thorough approach helped the company to avoid court trials.
The suggested deontological philosophy is likely to be positively perceived by both companies and by the general public. Although the final decision will create winners and losers, it is hardly possible for either of the parties to question or disapprove a course of actions, which was suggested by the existing laws.