Employees often possess the most important intellectual property of their employers. Accordingly, employers face both the threat of loss of valuable trade secrets and the prospect of unfair competition when employees leave. On the other side of the coin, employers seeking to improve their workforce must be careful not to become enmeshed in litigation involving a new recruit and a former employer. Our lawyers work to help employers stop theft of trade secrets, prevent violation of non-compete agreements, and avoid unnecessary controversy over new hires.
We develop policies and documentation to protect legitimate employer interests. The new Defend Trade Secrets Act creates opportunities to do more to safeguard trade secrets, but also imposes some technical requirements. We guide clients so they can get the most out of the DTSA and other federal and state laws.