ALM Law Journal Press - Protecting Intellectual Property in the Age of Employee Mobility: Forms and Analysis
April 02, 2014
BY BRADFORD NEWMAN
With workers and executives changing jobs with increasing frequency, valuable ideas and data can be difficult to safeguard. Yet, it is essential that companies find ways to preserve their competitive advantage, prevent intentional or inadvertent transfers of trade secrets, and minimize liability when hiring employees who have worked for competitors.
Protecting Intellectual Property in the Age of Employee Mobility: Forms and Analysis offers timely, authoritative guidance on legal risks and remedies and the practical steps employers can and should take.
Topics covered include:
Conducting a "trade secret audit" to determine what needs to be protected
Monitoring and managing technology, external devices, and social media in the workplace
Minimizing risk when recruiting competitors' employers
Employment, confidentiality, and invention assignment agreements
Exit interviews and "high-risk departure programs"
Strategies when operating in jurisdictions that recognize the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine
Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
Dealing with a competitor who has hired away a key employee
This focused yet comprehensive treatise handbook also contains numerous sample agreements, letters and other forms. Whether you are adopting internal procedures or seeking the magic words to make a contract enforceable, it can help prevent costly problems.