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Trade Secrets Restrictive Covenants

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 -

Federal Court Rules Against Calzone Franchisor In Meaty Lawsuit Against Former Franchisee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a meaty decision involving the intersection of restrictive covenant and franchise law, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently denied a request by D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC (“D.P....more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law in Utah: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed and How to Prepare for What’s Ahead

by Payne & Fears on

The general rule in the United States has historically permitted non-competition agreements when they are reasonable in time and geographic scope. California has been the leading exception. Business and Professions Code...more

Non-Compete Legislation Update: Why Choices of Law and Forum are a Big Deal

On October 31, 2017, the Joint Committee on Workforce and Development once again held a hearing to discuss the possibility of legislative changes to Massachusetts non-competition and trade secrets laws. There were several...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

Departing Employees: Ensuring Protection of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

“Knowledge is power” goes the old adage. Well, that is certainly true in the world of business where secret processes, confidential designs, and even a good customer list can give a business a vital commercial edge over its...more

The Not-So-Secret Recipe: How Restaurants Can Protect Their Trade Secrets

Restaurant fortunes are often attributable to just one or two signature dishes, and recipe ownership dilemmas can arise in restaurants of all sizes. Recent examples include a joint venture gone awry, resulting in a war over...more

National Survey On Restrictive Covenants In Employment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This survey has been provided by the Fox Rothschild Labor and Employment and Securities Industry practice groups as a quick reference for in-house counsel and human resource professionals. The law in this area not only...more

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

Other Perspectives on Trends in Employee Noncompetition Agreements

by Bryan Cave on

In mid-May, the New York Times published a long article reporting a national trend that employers are expanding both the number of employees who are required to sign non-competition agreements and the types of employees...more

Courts Continue to Enforce Foreign Non-Competes in California While the Window for Such Agreements Slowly Closes

Contrary to common perception, California employees who signed restrictive covenants prior to January 1, 2017 are not completely immune to enforcement of all restrictions on competition. For the second time in several years,...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

Choice-of-Law and Choice-of-Forum May Depend on the Choice of Where to File and When: Multi-State Employers Continue to Face...

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers who operate in a multi-state environment should take note of a recent case out of the Sixth Circuit (which governs employers that operate in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.) Stone Surgical, LLC v. Stryker...more

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers have been using restrictive covenant agreements – contracts that contain non-compete, customer non-solicitation, employee non-solicitation, or non-disclosure of confidential information – with increasing frequency...more

UK: Employee Post-Termination Restrictions Under English Law: Five Things You Need To Know

by Dentons on

It is often the case that the drafting of post-termination restrictions only comes into focus on enforcement. Ideally, however, the careful drafting of such restrictions should be a priority when drafting employment contracts...more

Alert: What US Lawyers Should Know About Protecting Confidential Information in the UK

by Cooley LLP on

Confidential information can be one of a business's most prized and valuable assets, regardless of the industry in question. However, it is rarely something which can be locked in a safe because employees often require access...more

China: Non-Competes and Employee Post-Departure Reporting Obligations

by Dentons on

"Non-compete" refers to an agreement concluded between an employer and an employee at the time of hire, which provides that for a certain period after the termination or rescission of the employment contract, the employee...more

China: Application of Non-Competes To Protect Business Secrets

by Dentons on

An enterprise may have no patents or trademarks, but definitely have business secrets. Business secrets—the enterprise’s core information assets—are important intangible assets that go to the core competence of the...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2016 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law. Please join us for our first webinar of the New Year on February 2, 2017, at 12:00 p.m....more

Federal Attack on Non-Competes Likely Another Casualty of Election

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As our readers are aware, employers can expect that the Trump administration will usher in a plethora of changes in terms of federal employment law policy and enforcement. One particular area in which the new administration...more

THANKSGIVING EDITION [FROM THE ARCHIVES]: 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

One of Obama Administration’s Final Mandates: Non-Competes Should Be The Exception, Not The Rule

With all the hubbub over the Presidential election, it would not be hard to overlook some of the Obama administration’s final moves. Recently, the White House issued a call to action to state legislators to ban non-compete...more

White House Urges States to Reform Non-Competition Laws

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements urging states to reform their non-competition laws. The call to action follows an earlier report from the White House which...more

Non-Competition Restrictions

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a “State Call to Action,” urging states to reform their noncompetition laws. The Call to Action follows an earlier report from the White House which concluded that noncompetition...more

The White House’s Call to Action: A Step in the Right Direction or a Bridge Too Far?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Fresh off of signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the White House released a report yesterday entitled “Non-Compete Reform: A Policymaker’s Guide to State Policies,” which contains information on state policies related to...more

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