Using Agreements to Protect Trade Secrets in the State of North Carolina


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  • Employee Non-Disclosure Agreement This agreement can be used to ensure that new or current employees do not reveal trade secrets owned by the company. There may be limits to how long the employee may be required to abide by the terms of a nondisclosure statement. Before finalizing this document, be sure to check your state’s laws regarding time limits placed on non disclosures. Should your state have a limit, be sure to include language stating the duration this agreement is to be in effect in your final document.
  • General North Carolina Non-Competition Agreement A non-competition agreement can be used to prevent former employees from competing against your company after they leave your employment. This form allows an employer to draft an agreement that may keep an employee from:
    1. leaving in the first place;
    2. defecting to a competitor;
    3. opening a competitive business;
    4. disclosing company secrets; and
    5. soliciting your customers, clients, and employees.
  • Independent Contractor Agreement This is a simple independent contractor agreement between a Company and Contractor for work to be done on an existing contract/project. Non-disclosure clauses can be included in the Agreement.
  • Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement This agreement may be used when two parties are exchanging trade secrets.
  • Non-Competition Agreement for Business Managers This form may be used to create a non competition, nondisclosure and non-solicitation agreement between an employer and the business development or marketing managers working for the employer within the State of North Carolina.  These three agreements are designed to retain key employees as well as prevent employees who do leave from:
    1. defecting to a competitor;
    2. opening a competitive business;
    3. disclosing company secrets; and
    4. soliciting the employer’s customers, clients, and employees.
  • North Carolina Non-Competition Agreement for High Level Executives A non-competition agreement can prevent former employees from competing against an employer after they have left the company. This is an effective way to protect confidential information and trade secrets as well as retain important personnel. This non-competition agreement should be used with high-level executives with access to proprietary information in the State of North Carolina.
  • Non-Competition Agreement for IT Professionals A non-competition agreement can prevent former employees from competing against an employer after they have left the company. This is an effective way to protect confidential information and trade secrets as well as retain important personnel. This non-competition agreement should be used with information technology (IT) specialists in the State of North Carolina.
  • Non-Competition Agreement for North Carolina Research and Development Employees A non-competition agreement can prevent former employees from competing against an employer after they have left the company. This is an effective way to protect confidential information and trade secrets as well as retain important personnel. This non-competition agreement should be used with employees involved in research and development who have access to formulas, manufacturing processes or proprietary product design information.
  • Non-Competition Agreement for North Carolina Sales Employees A non-competition agreement can prevent former employees from competing against an employer after they have left the company. This is an effective way to protect confidential information and trade secrets as well as retain important personnel. This non-competition agreement should be used with salespeople with significant client contact or access to confidential client information, marketing strategies, new product and/or product pricing information.

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