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Can a lien be filed on an as yet unspecified project or against IP such as patents?

Arizona

I was engaged on an independent contractor basis to be a the CEO of a technology company and develop the basic design and business plans for their first project. I accrued roughly $340,000 in deferred compensation. The sites for that first project will be in AZ, CO or TX. I was terminated without cause in Dec 2017 with the deferred comp unpaid and roughly $1 M in severance payments due. The company has indicated they will attempt to avoid payment of either. I would like to file a lien for the deferred comp (and the severance?) on whatever is their first project or against their 8 patents which I assisted in developing. Is that possible? I did not file a preliminary notice when I started, but I have a solid contract that outlines recourse if they do not pay (but doesn't mention liens). Would that suffice for preliminary notice under AZ law? The company is a NV C Corp with HQ in AZ.

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