Restrictive Covenant/Trade Secret Litigation
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When your business takes the time to invest in developing proprietary information and trade secrets and in training and developing employees, your company understandably will want to protect its investments and competitive advantage. Restrictive covenant and trade secret agreements allow your business to share its most sensitive information, such as formulas and inventions, financial and operational data, and customer contacts, with employees and others that you need to help run your business. Restrictive covenants help ensure that your business’s critical information is not disclosed or used outside your company. But drafting these agreements requires an experienced eye to ensure that they are legal and valid if your company needs to enforce these agreements.
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Since 1984, the attorneys of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have helped companies and business owners in Union County and throughout New Jersey protect their most critical information and competitive advantages through restrictive covenant and trade secret agreements. We utilize our extensive legal knowledge and experience to help you draft agreements that protect your business’s rights and interests. Contact our firm today for an initial case review to discuss your company’s concerns and goals and to learn more about how our attorneys can help secure your proprietary information.
Restrictive covenants and trade secret agreements can protect a business’s proprietary information and competitive advantage but must be drafted carefully to ensure they are enforceable under the law. Our firm can help you and your business with an agreement such as:
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Whether you are looking to draft a restrictive covenant or trade secret agreement, review your existing agreements, or enforce those agreements against an actual or threatened breach, our attorneys can help protect your business’s rights and interests.
At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, our restrictive covenant/trade secret agreement attorneys are ready to work diligently to protect your company’s most important information. Whether you are looking to draft restrictive covenants and trade secret agreements, or you are facing the prospect of need to enforce one of these documents against an actual or threatened breach, our experienced transactional lawyers and litigators will fight to protect your company’s interests and help you obtain the most favorable outcome in any dispute involving your restrictive covenants and trade secret agreements. When you are trying to protect your business’s sensitive information, don’t jeopardize your company’s competitive advantages by trying to protect proprietary information and data without the help of an experienced attorney. Let our skilled attorneys do what it takes to make sure that your business and its proprietary information are fully protected.
Restrictive covenants and trade secret agreements are often the subjects of intense litigation. You need experienced business law attorneys and litigators who have experience crafting valid covenants and agreements and know how to have those agreements enforced in court. Contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan today to schedule a case evaluation with one of our restrictive covenant trade secret litigation attorneys today to discuss your matter in further detail and to learn more about your legal rights and options.
New Jersey allows for restrictive covenants that protect the legitimate interests of an employer, such as its trade secrets, proprietary information, or customer relationships. However, a restrictive covenant’s restrictions must not impose an undue hardship on the employee or otherwise be injurious to the public (such as restricting the public’s ability to access professional advice from an employee, such as a doctor or an attorney). Thus, the restrictions must be reasonable in terms of duration, area, and scope of activity, depending on the particular circumstances of the employee and employer. Like all contracts, a restrictive covenant agreement must also be secured by consideration, which may include an offer of employment, a promise of continued employment, or better terms of employment.
If the other party to your trade secret protection agreement violates the agreement by disclosing your trade secrets or otherwise using your trade secrets in a manner not contemplated by your agreement, you may be entitled to bring a claim for misappropriation, in which you could receive compensation for any damages you or your business had suffered and injunctive relief legally barring the other party from disclosing or using your trade secrets. However, you should also be mindful that if your trade secrets are deemed to have become public knowledge as a result of the other party’s action, you may lose continued trade secret protection.