With the rise in importance of intellectual property and the associated threat to such property as a result of an increasingly mobile workforce, noncompete agreements have become a standard part of employment agreements. Like a prenuptial agreement, noncompetes address what happens at the breakup of a relationship while the relationship is still good.
Typically, noncompete agreements purport to prohibit an employee from going to work for a competitor. While such agreements are generally enforceable like any other contract, they frequently are not enforced to the full extent provided, and, if you are defending against a noncompete agreement, certain steps can be taken to decrease the odds of their full enforcement.
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