Trade Secrets Non-Compete Agreements

A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets'... more +
A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets' protected legal status, enterprises must make reasonable efforts to keep the information secret and prevent unnecessary disclosure.  Trade Secrets may include processes, formulas, methods, designs, patterns, et cetera.   less -
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It’s The End of the World as We Know It: Life after Non-Competes in Massachusetts (Why You Should Feel Fine)

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a new economic plan and filed legislation which included a plan to eliminate non-competition agreements. The plan was quickly applauded and criticized by those in the...more

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

Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Depart [Video]

Employment and labor lawyer Richard Warren discusses how employers can better protect one of their most valuable assets—their trade secrets....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

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

Does Your 2014 “To Do” List Include Updating Your Company’s Trade Secret Protections?

As you consider the tasks you did not quite finish in 2013 and look ahead to 2014, we recommend including on your to-do list a review of your company’s practices and procedures for protecting its valuable, proprietary...more

Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Non-Compete Style

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the company; A disgruntled employee kept saying “please jump with me.” She was trying to line up a grand, mass departure; Of which she was certain no one could...more

Willful Blindness on Trade Secrets: Employers Could Pay a Heavy Price

A recent trial experience provided an extraordinary lesson on the significant legal exposure employers face when hiring away employees from a competitor. I recently completed a jury trial in which my client obtained a $22.7...more

Ice Storms, My Secret Internet And Other Myths

Winter is around the corner. On the calendar, however, it’s not yet here. Surely Mother Nature is aware of this. Still, an ice storm currently engulfs large swaths of our nation and is leaving many of us without power or...more

Know What You Are Protecting When You Develop a Non-Compete

A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals case, Phelps Staffing, LLC v. C.T. Phelps, Inc. and Charles T. Phelps, COA12-886, 2013 WL 1575409 (N.C. Ct. App. Apr. 16, 2013), highlights the need for employers who either have...more

THANKSGIVING POST: Court Protects Quizno’s Franchise Turkey Trade Secrets

This Thanksgiving, Trade Secrets Watch is serving a delicious tale about protecting trade secrets in a franchising relationship. In 1994, Quizno’s entered into a franchise agreement with Robert Kampendahl, an...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

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

California Court of Appeal Clarifies the Limits of Statutory Trade Secret Displacement (Supersession)

In a case whose facts plainly compelled the outcome, California’s Fourth Appellate District held on October 15, 2013 in Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Jaye Park, No. D062405 that a claim for trade secret misappropriation...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

Oktoberfest Edition! Beer And Trade Secrets

Yes, we know the real Oktoberfest takes place primarily in September, and, yes, this post has nothing to do with Germany or celebrations or even fun. But this time of year presented a good excuse to write about the...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

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

Steps To Consider Before Hiring An Employee from A Competitor To Minimize The Likelihood Of Litigation

Hiring an employee away from a competitor can be a potential legal minefield. It can lead to significant exposure to lawsuits for causes of action including misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of tortious interference...more

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

In This Presentation, Ned Sackman, an attorney and member of Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, explores ways companies can secure intellectual property using the following tools: • Non-disclosure,...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

Navigating through the Challenging German Employment Law Framework for Japanese Companies Doing Business in Germany

In This Presentation: 1. Employment law in Germany – General facts 2. The Employee 3. Overview on German social security system 4. Dismissal of employees 5. Managerial authority 6. Modification of...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

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