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Trade Secret Protection Best Practices

Hiring Competitors' Employees and Protecting the Company When Competitors Hire Yours



1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific

Please join us for the seventh webinar in the 2012 Trade Secrets Webinar Series. This webinar will discuss best practices when dealing with newly hired or departing employees and the incumbent trade secret, non-competition and information protection issues.

In today’s highly mobile and competitive world, employees frequently move between companies within the same industry. Rarely a day goes by without a news report of another high-profile theft of important data from a company, or the loss of key employees to competitors.

Employee mobility, coupled with the digitalization of company assets, has increased the need for creative and thoughtful protections of valuable company data. It has become extremely easy for employees, especially disgruntled or irresponsible ones, to take and disseminate confidential information to the detriment of their current or former employers. This trend illustrates the need to protect your company’s trade secrets and data against departing employees, and follow proper practices when hiring a competitor’s employees, and effectively employing trade secret protection and non-competition agreement as appropriate. The presentation will include an interactive video component.

Topics slated for discussion include:

Best practices when hiring new employees:

  • Proper interview and employee orientation techniques
  • Employing effective non-disclosure and invention assignment agreements and computer access and bring your own device policies, as well as restrictive covenants as permitted in specific jurisdictions
  • Reducing risk of disclosure of trade secrets in social media
  • Effective employee training regarding the importance of confidentiality and data protection

Best practices for protecting your company when employees depart:  

  • Proper exit interview techniques and certifications
  • Investigative techniques 
  • Reducing risk of disclosure of trade secrets in social media

High-level strategies for addressing restrictions on non-compete agreements but still protecting valuable trade secrets and company data


There is no cost for attending this webinar, however registration is required.

CLE credit will be available for participants.*



If you have any questions, please contact

Seyfarth has applied for CLE credit in IL, NY, and CA.  If you would like us to pursue CLE credit in any additional states, please email Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending this webinar, the registrant must be present for the entire session.