Noncompete Agreements That Don't Mean What They Say

05 September 2008 Publication

Mass High Tech

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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