For many businesses, a critical component of protecting their interests hinges on preventing employees from taking sensitive knowledge and resources acquired at their company to a competitor. We work with our clients to create formal legal barriers that keep this from happening and represent them when those barriers are tested.
Restrictive covenants are clauses in contracts that keep employees from competing with the company that employs them for a set period of time after their employment is completed. Restrictive covenants also can be used to keep employees from using the knowledge they acquired working for a company to seek the business of that company’s customers or clients. For restrictive covenants to withstand legal challenges, they must be drafted skillfully to protect a company’s interests without overreaching or casting too wide of a net. We have the expertise in this field to create covenants that will stand against challenges.
We also work with companies to develop best precautions for safeguarding their trade secrets and confidential information, including through the use of nondisclosure agreements. When competitors engage in unfair competition, seeking trade secrets and confidential information, whether by misappropriation, fraud or other means, we represent companies to keep them from being victimized and suffering damage to their business because of it. We also defend companies against unfair competition claims from competitors.
Our Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets, and Unfair Competition practice includes:
- Drafting restrictive covenants such as covenants-not-to-compete, and confidentiality and non-interference with business relationship agreements
- Developing safeguards for trade secrets and confidential information
- Seeking injunctions to prevent the loss of trade secrets and other information
- Representing businesses in the pursuit or defense of unfair competition claims
- Pursuing damages when trade secrets are improperly disclosed