Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility
In Search of an Equilibrium
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- Author: Magdalena Kolasa
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In the increasingly knowledge- and innovation-based economy in which the mobility of the workforce is vital, employees and ex-employees are considered to be one of the biggest threats to the existence of trade secrets. The interests of the former parties to the employment relationship are contradictory: employers want to safeguard their competitive position by limiting use of information, and employees want to use that information to pursue their professional career. Magdalena Kolasa analyses existing guidelines that determine the extent to which former employees may use information learned during service. She proposes criteria for a balanced enforcement of trade secrets, discussing the statutory and implicit confidentiality duties, contractual protection, and remedies. Drawing from the laws of Germany, UK, and USA, and considering the EU Trade Secrets Directive, this book advocates an approach which recognises the value and functions of trade secrecy both within companies and in the context of public policy.Read more
- Contributes to an important field of law neglected in legal research
- Presents a comparative analysis of major developments in Europe (EU Trade Secrets Directive) and the USA (Defend Trade Secrets Act)
- Discusses a large number of court decisions and various scenarios to inform those practising in the field as well as legislators
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'The book fulfils the author’s stated aim and does, albeit within the limitations of a comparative approach, offer a nuanced and balanced view of a complex field of law.' John Hull, International Company and Commercial Law Review
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- Date Published: January 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108337496
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Conflict of interests: confidentiality, mobility of employees and innovation policy
2. Concept of trade secrets
3. Trade secret, employee's skill and knowledge or public domain information: where to draw the line?
4. Contractual freedom to regulate use of trade secrets after termination of employment
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