Protecting trade secrets is a strong non-compete strategy in San Diego and Southern California. There are occasions where a covenant not to compete may be partially or fully enforceable, such as in a medical or healthcare law environment. However, most business owners and executives know California Courts do not tend to side with employers or support covenants not to compete in the manner one would expect or hope for. The Watkins Firm works with our business clients to implement trade secret agreements which can and will protect your vital interests and reduce or eliminate the opportunity for an employee to take what they’ve learned from you and compete against you in the local marketplace.
Trade secrets and intellectual property are absolutely enforceable under California law. The misappropriation and application of trade secrets and the proprietary information and process of your business are usually much more enforceable than a covenant not to compete in California. Did you know that trade secrets and proprietary information could apply to most of the issues covered in a non-compete agreement, such as:
- Information and contacts relating to suppliers, and supply chain strategies
- Presentations, marketing strategy and tactics and social media practices and campaigns
- Technical knowledge or industry specific skills or expertise
- Supplier and Customer lists and contacts
- Corporate correspondence including emails, texts, and documents
- Processes and best practices
The Watkins Firm will help to protect your business by crafting policies and procedures which clearly establish “trade secrets” and “proprietary information.” We protect as much as possible the business knowledge and assets of your company, as well as the manner in which you conduct business. Our trade secret agreements protect your strategies, market expertise, suppliers and customers and the investment you’ve made to teach your employers the unique aspects of your own business.
Protecting trade secrets is a strong non-compete strategy in San Diego for any business. If you are concerned about a non-compete strategy which effectively protects your company we invite you to contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a free consultation and to learn more about effective strategies to protect your business.