Departing Employees and Intellectual Property


Trade Secrets and Employment + Labor

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
Palo Alto, CA

Speaking Engagement

Non-Competes and Post-Employment Non-Solicitation Provisions

Employees' rights; restrictions on competition agreements; future of the trade secret exception; post-employment non-solicitation; need to review current employment agreements for compliance; Edwards v. Arthur Anderson and other recent developments
David J. Murphy, Esq.

Who Should Attend

In-house and private practice attorneys,human resource professionals, CIOs and all Intellectual Property professionals

Why Attend

For some employers, more than fifty percent of their assets walk out the door every day, hopefully to return the next day. Employees are the heart of Intellectual Property -- patents, copyrights and trade secrets. They conduct, and have access to, research; take part in new product development planning and create the designs, artwork and copy. Their ongoing contacts with customers, distributors and suppliers reach to every outside link of the company and fuel the ongoing enterprise.

Whether by layoffs, salary reductions or relocations, employees are leaving their positions at an increasing rate. Sooner or later, the former employees find new work, with new employers in their field or start up their own businesses taking advantage of their experience and, perhaps, the knowledge they earned at their former workplace.

Departed employees and changed employers, "abandoned" research, and aggressive competition over a smaller pie: What implications do these all have for intellectual property protection? Our distinguished faculty will explore this question, along with effective security measures for maintaining trade secrets, non-competes and post-employment non-solicitation provisions, employment agreement updates, and practical solutions. Attendees will learn ways to manage risks and participate successfully in this new era.
~ Robert W. Payne, Esq. and Peter Chen, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

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