Do Companies Sue Competitors to Learn the Competitors’ Trade Secrets?

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In the new millennium, employee mobility is the norm. Gone are the halcyon days when employees worked for one company for their entire career. One consequence of greater employee mobility is the proliferation of trade secret claims. When an employee leaves one company to work for a competitor, it is not unusual for the former employer to sue the new employer for misappropriation of trade secrets. After getting over your initial negative reaction, one of the most important responses, apart from analyzing the legitimacy of the trade secrets claim, is to protect your own trade secrets from a possible fishing expedition by a competitor.

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