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15 January 2009 · Article

Non-compete clauses: An Assessment of their Purpose and Validity

In this era of growing concern about IP protection and potential "leakage", non-compete clauses have become increasingly common in employee contracts. Yet for employees, concerns over employment stability understandably make them nervous about the restrictions such clauses imply. Business-to-business contracts also increasingly include non-solicitation and non-hire clauses. This article discusses the origins, validity and effect of such terms.

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