A Minnesota court recently issued a decision that provides several good practice pointers for employers who wish to protect their proprietary relationships and information, or who wish to retain individuals who may have had access to such information while employed elsewhere.
The case, Omnetics Connector Corporation v. Ulti-Mate Connectors, Inc., et al., involved two companies that manufacture and sell miniature electrical connector products. An employee of Omnetics contacted Ulti-Mate about a potential position as an independent sales representative, and also forwarded some mechanical drawings to a contractor of Ulti-Mate, who testified that he did not forward the drawings to Ulti-Mate or use them in any way.
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