Protecting Trade Secrets in Employment Contracts

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Most Common Intellectual Property Law Issues:

Why Should I Use Employment Contracts to Protect My Trade Secrets?

Most of the disputes over trade secrets are between employers and former employees. Employment contracts can limit the risk you take in disclosing valuable information, which may be a type of trade secret, to employees.

How Can I Use an Employment Contract to Protect My Trade Secrets?

There are a number of ways you can use an employment contract to protect your trade secrets. Some of the most common ways are:

Are All These Employment Contract Clauses Legal? 

Typically, as long as the limitations you place on your employees are reasonable, they will be enforceable. In determining if the limitations are reasonable, look to the length of time the restriction will be placed on the employee, the effect it will have on his ability to make a living, and the overall fairness of the limitations.

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced in Trade Secret Law?

If you are planning to use an employment contract to protect your trade secrets, you may want to consult a lawyer. An intellectual property lawyer will be able to help you draft a contract that protects your rights without infringing on the rights of your employee.

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Last Modified: 08-31-2015 04:12 PM PDT

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