Intellectual property and patent law is a legal practice area that encompasses proprietary rights such as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and the protection of inventions and discoveries. The attorneys in these fields work with individuals and businesses to obtain IP protection, negotiate licensing agreements and enforce the rights of their clients through litigation when necessary. Source:

In the not-so-distant past, it was possible for many organisations to quarantine confidential and sensitive information in order to mitigate the risks associated with employees sharing IP between firms. But today, with most employees working remotely and the proliferation of personal mobile devices (and the use of cloud-based file-sharing platforms), it’s easy for employees to move sensitive IP from one employer to another. In fact, according to a global survey by Symantec, 62% of employees say that they regularly transfer work documents to their home computers and don’t delete them when they leave their job.

Beyond Borders: Global Perspectives on IP Recruitment

A savvy recruiter can help to mitigate the risk of IP leakage by implementing an IP search as part of the recruitment process. But more than this, a smart business will also ensure that its induction program promotes and reinforces the firm’s culture of respect for third-party intellectual property rights. It should make it clear to new hires that by trying to access information from their previous employers they are exposing themselves to personal legal risk and potentially breaching their employment contract with the business.

This is particularly important for IP boutiques, which must compete with some of the most prestigious and largest Biglaw firms for top-shelf associate talent. If they appear to be trolls for the other firms’ confidential information, it could quickly close off their access to quality associates.

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