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Are Your Employees Inventing on the Job? Tips for Drafting Invention Assignment Agreements

brain_63285190Who owns an employee’s inventions? This is an issue that’s vitally important to many businesses, particularly those in the tech industry. Most companies are taking a proactive step by requiring employees to sign invention assignment agreements as a condition of their employment. Here are some tips for drafting these agreements for the employer’s maximum protection.

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Protecting Company Secrets: Checklist for Making a Plan

186300420If you represent businesses, you know how important it is to protect their trade secrets. A crucial part of that effort is developing and implementing a trade secret protection plan. Specific company needs may vary, and plans have to be crafted with those needs in mind, but some elements should be included in any trade secret protection plan.

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Loose Lips On Social Media Sunk Settlement

slam_90250057In a recent Florida case, the plaintiff lost $80,000 of settlement proceeds he had received on his employment discrimination claim after his daughter spilled the beans on Facebook. Breaching the confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement—and getting caught at it—is frighteningly easy in the age of social media.

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Confidentiality Agreements in the Spotlight

The situation with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has not only put the spotlight on him (though not in the way he wants), but it also has drawn interest to confidentiality agreements in settlements. What are they, how are they used, and can the parties get out of them?