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What to Do When Your Client’s COO Becomes Your Competitor’s BFF

One of your most important clients just called. She reports that one of her senior sales people quit a few months ago, and she just learned that the sales person has joined a large competitor. Panicking, your client wants to...more

Properly Analyzing Breach of a NDA - Loftness Specialized Farm Equip., Inc. v. Twiestmeyer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has explained that under Minnesota law it is inappropriate to apply the test for the tort of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information when the issue is...more

Protecting Your US Business From Unfair Competition by Former Employees Requires Timely and Prudent Action

The potential risks posed to a business by former employees are common to employers worldwide. Whether an employee is working in Jakarta, London or New York at termination of the employment relationship makes little...more

Sometimes Noteworthy Non-Compete Decisions Have No Non-Competes

As a non-compete litigator, I often scan the case reports looking for noteworthy non-compete decisions. In doing so, I look for the usual buzzwords of interest -- non-compete, trade secret, preliminary injunction, etc. But...more

Did You Do Enough to Protect Your Trade Secrets?

On January 21, 2014, Mozaffar Khazaee, a naturalized American who maintained dual citizenship with his native Iran, was indicted in Connecticut on two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries with...more

Noncompete News - January 2014

State Laws Governing Noncompete Agreements May be a Trap for the Unwary - As discussed previously, noncompete agreements can be a powerful tool to help employers protect their confidential, proprietary or trade secret...more

IP, trade secrets and employee mobility - Judges and attorneys discuss top-of-mind issues for Silicon Valley tech employers

Increasingly today, the value of a company is measured not by its physical assets, but by the talents of its employees and the utility of its intellectual property. Because of their knowledge and experience, talented...more

Are You Leaving Some Of Your Most Important Assets Unprotected? – Trade Secrets

Trade secrets can be some of the most valuable assets a company has and it is important put procedures in place to safeguard this information. The Uniform Trade Secrets Act, adhered to by a majority of states, defines trade...more

Seek Advice In Drafting Trade Secrets And Confidentiality Agreements

In an article recently posted at mondaq.com, Richard Stobbe provides several excellent examples of why employers should consult with their counsel when drafting trade secrets and confidentiality agreements, instead of copying...more

Implementing a Trade Secrets Protection Program

In the business world, protection of trade secrets can make the difference between success and failure, or profit and loss. This post seeks to show you how to protect your company’s trade secrets so that in the event one of...more

HALLOWEEN EDITION: Cookie Maker Gets Early Treat When Court Protects Halloween Cookie Recipe As A Trade Secret

In September 1995, Philadelphia-area cookie manufacturer Sweetzel, Inc. got an early Halloween treat when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the company’s cookie recipes and customer...more

Excuse Me Judge, Could I Be Heard On That?

A few months ago, I filed a motion for a TRO on behalf of a client. I thought I had a pretty rock-solid case. My client had discovered that in the weeks and months leading up to the resignation of a former employee, the...more

Restrictive covenants in the US: navigating the quagmire of enforceability

Post-employment restrictive covenants in the context of employment relationships have long posed challenges for employers. Both the nature of the agreement and the context in which it is entered into impact the enforceability...more

How to Protect Confidential Business Information in Tennessee

A dilemma employers often face when key employees leave and join a competitor is how to stop the employee from taking and misusing the employer’s confidential business information. In Tennessee, such questions are answered,...more

Trade-Secrets and the Departing Employee

Concerned about departing employees who might have confidential information about your business and clients? Or maybe you are the ex-employee and you are unsure of where the line is drawn when departing one job to start...more

Employment Newsletter - August 2013: Strong Policies and Vigilance Are Key to Protecting the Confidential Information of...

Unless companies are involved in technology or related products, most do not consider how they are going to protect their confidential information until there is a problem. Problems can arise in very common scenarios, for...more

Non-Disclosure Agreements: A Cautionary Tale

Agreements which contain non-disclosure obligations (also known as a confidentiality agreements, CAs, NDAs or confidential disclosure agreements) are common in many industries - from licensing deals to franchise agreements,...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Restrictive Covenants, Federal Trade Secret Enforcement Initiative, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Liability for...

In the area of trade secrets and non-compete law, there continue to be notable developments at the state and federal levels. Here are five recent ones. ...more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Social Media And Trade Secrets

Most employers are well aware of the various implications that the social media explosion has on the workplace. The various issues created by Facebook, LinkedIn, and other similar platforms lead to constant requests for...more

New Texas Statute Provides Businesses With Added Protection for Their Trade Secrets

It is 4:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. You just learned that your top-performing salesman resigned his position to accept employment with a direct competitor. You quickly locate the salesman’s personnel file to determine...more

Florida Court Reverses Preliminary Injunction On Restrictive Covenant

If you have followed this blog, then you likely already know that restrictive covenants are legal and enforceable in Florida. You should also know that – although enforceable – restrictive covenants are strictly construed...more

Legal Alert: New Jersey Bill Would Limit Enforceability Of Post-Employment Covenants

New Jersey legislators have proposed making a variety of post-employment restrictive covenants unenforceable where the employee is eligible for unemployment benefits. Many high-level sales employees and employees with...more

Think Your Company's Confidential Information Is Safe? Think Again!

Password encrypted computers, locked file drawers, swipe cards allowing for restricted access. These are all measures taken by businesses to protect their confidential business information and trade secrets. While these steps...more

Watch Your Assets Series Part Four: Key Injunction Strategies

In this series of blog posts, we have examined the use of injunctive relief in state and federal courts in response to employees who have misappropriated confidential information and trade secrets, who have solicited clients...more

Watch Your Assets Part Three: Why and When to Seek Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders

In our last two posts, we identified best practices for ensuring that a company’s house is in order, including the use of narrowly tailored restrictive covenant agreements (Part I) and adopting a company culture and behaviors...more

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