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October 2014 Archives

Non-compete agreements can be powerful tools when used correctly

If your business depends on its intellectual property and proprietary information to maintain a competitive edge, it’s important to protect these assets whenever possible. In many cases, the best way to do that is to ask your employees to sign a non-compete agreement.

UT Austin's new offensive coordinator countersues over contract

When Joe Wickline got a job as an offensive line coach at Oklahoma State, he never expected to be in that position forever. In fact, his contract with OSU laid out explicit rules for when and how he could be released from OSU to take another job. Specifically, that contract says that OSU is to release him from his position and any liability for damages if he "is offered and accepts a position as the 'offensive coordinator (with play calling duties) at another NCAA Division I-A Institution."

Converse wants to stomp out imitators of its iconic 'All Stars'

If you grew up in America, you have almost certainly owned a pair of Converse All Stars at some point in your life. This simple and iconic shoe has been around for nearly a century, and has come to symbolize dozens or even hundreds of social groups throughout that time. Converse’s “Chuck Taylors” have been worn by athletes, hippies, greasers, the in-crowds, the out-crowds, punk rockers, baby boomers and just everyday American kids.

The race to protect intellectual property in the age of 'the cloud'

Depending on the type of business that you run, intellectual property may be integral to everything you do. Unfortunately, protecting intellectual property has become very difficult in recent years, and experts believe things are going to get a lot worse.