Non-Compete Agreements Trade Secrets

Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a... more +
Non-Compete Agreements are contracts, typically formed in employment or business purchase contexts, where one party agrees to refrain from engaging in a particular line of work or pursuing business within a certain industry or locale. The purpose of these agreements is to protect employers or business purchasers from competition stemming from former employees or former owners of a business. less -
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White House Weighs in on Ongoing Non-Compete Battle

As states continue to struggle with the pros and cons of non-competes, the White House has recently weighed in, siding largely with critics of non-competes. In Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues,...more

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act - Immediate Implications for Businesses That Utilize Employment Agreements and Contracts To...

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which provides uniform federal protection for trade secrets and confidential business information. The DTSA received bi-partisan...more

Time to Review Your Confidentiality Agreements: New Federal Trade Secrets Act Creates Private Right of Action and Imposes New...

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA), which establishes a new federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation, is now the law. Trade secrets, the fourth leg of the intellectual property chair, have...more

Intellectual Property and Technology: New Federal Law Means You Should Update Your Non-Compete And Non-Disclosure Agreements...

President Obama this week (on May 11) signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016. This is truly a landmark law; one that expands the federal remedies companies can pursue to halt the theft of trade secrets...more

Protecting Trade Secrets: A New Arrow in the Quiver

A new weapon in the effort to protect trade secret information came into existence on May 11, 2016 as President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). DTSA creates a new federal cause of action for trade...more

White House Calls For Non-Compete Reform

Last Thursday, the White House issued a report titled “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses” and an accompanying blog post. Relying heavily on a report earlier this year from...more

No Microscope Needed to See Why This Non-Compete Is Unenforceable

When is a microscope not needed? When the problem one is looking at is big as an elephant, not small as an amoeba. Nion, an electron microscope manufacturer, contracted with Gatan, a spectrometer manufacturer, to use...more

The White House is Interested in Non-Compete Reform

President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support in the House and Senate in recent weeks (and about which we will have a lot more to say in the coming days)....more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Implications for business, employers and employees

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which President Obama promises to sign soon. This proposed legislation, which is designed to be an expansion of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, would...more

U.S. Treasury Department Suggests That Non-Compete Reform is Necessary

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently released a study on the effect of non-compete agreements, taking a hard line with respect to their social and economic benefits and purported harms. Specifically, while the authors of...more

Employment Matters Newsletter, Spring 2016

Employee versus Independent Contractor: The Latest - Courts have been dealing with the issue of whether a worker is considered an employee or an independent contractor for many years. The common law established specific...more

Trade Secrets Directive

The protection afforded to trade secrets is disparate across the EU. In order to protect trade secrets as potential drivers for economic growth and jobs and to create a level-playing field within Europe, the European...more

Labor and Employment Group News: U.S. Treasury Issues Report on the Economic Effects of Non-compete Contracts

An office of Economic Policy Report published in March 2016, entitled "Non-Compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications," estimates that 18% of all workers, or nearly 30 million people, are covered by...more

Jawbone v. Fitbit: a Discovery Fight over the Extent of Trade Secret Misappropriation

Jawbone and Fitbit are competitors in the business of selling fitness trackers. As competitors will sometimes do, Fitbit hired a number of employees from Jawbone in 2015. And as competitors sometimes do, Jawbone brought a...more

Steps Every Startup Should Take to Protect its Intellectual Property

Many startup entrepreneurs are not aware of California’s laws around the ownership of intellectual property. And for most, the concepts for products or services are the life-blood of a company’s operations and future....more

5 Tips for Retaining Employees in the Automotive Industry

Attracting and retaining employees in the automotive industry can be very challenging, especially when competitors are doing what they can to lure the best talent. After you provide an employee with a good job, training and...more

Washington’s Legislature Considers Limiting Non-Competes

According to the most recently available Census data, among those who moved from another state to Washington in the prior year, many times more people came up from California than from anywhere else. The Washington...more

Athletic Shoe Lawsuits are Off and Running

Sneakers have been around for a very long time – at least since the late 1800’s. The first patent for a rubber heel for shoes was granted in 1899, and the first patent for “athletic shoes” issued in 1921, although it related...more

New Federal Trade Secret Law is Pro Employee Mobility and Rejects Inevitable Disclosure

Proposed legislation creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation is on the fast track to becoming law, as described in James Pooley’s excellent post What You Need to Know About the Amended Defend...more

Drafting and Litigating Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants in Australia – Tailoring Your Restraint to Ensure the Right Fit

We will now look at the different types of post-employment restrictive covenants, and work through a checklist of questions employers should ask themselves when drafting a restraint to make sure it’s the right fit....more

2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series Year in Review

Throughout 2015, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group hosted a series of CLE webinars that addressed significant issues facing clients today in this important and ever-changing...more

Non-Disclosure Agreement Enforceable Although Unlimited In Time And Area

A salesman for a medical device manufacturer signed a confidentiality covenant at the time he was hired. A dozen years later, he resigned and went to work for a competitor. The former employer sued him in an Ohio federal...more

“Confidential” Information Protectable in the Sixth Circuit

On November 17, 2015, the Sixth Circuit held in an unpublished opinion that “confidential” information that does not otherwise qualify as a trade secret may nevertheless be protected contractually in nondisclosure or...more

Trend In The Courts: It’s Getting Harder To Obtain Preliminary Injunctions In Restrictive Covenant Cases

In recent weeks, courts almost routinely have been denying preliminary injunctive relief in cases alleging violation of non-compete and similar employment agreements. Three examples: Burleigh v. Center Point Contractors,...more

Safeguarding Trade Secrets: What You Need To Know

Chances are your business is built on carefully cultivated client lists and finely honed business-development strategies. You might believe that such information is a trade secret and assume that it’s automatically protected...more

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