Trade Secrets & Restrictive Convenants



SLN #: 72532
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 002
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Gibson

Course Description:
With the increasing importance of intellectual property, companies must take appropriate steps to protect and maintain their valuable intellectual property. Much of those efforts must arise in the area encompassed by the intersection between intellectual property law and employment law. Proper use of trade secrets and restrictive covenants prevents unfair competition and allows employers to protect their valuable intellectual property, while still providing for mobility in the workplace. This course will consider the law of trade secrets, focusing on the principles set forth in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Restatement (Second) of Torts, and the Restatement (Third) of Unfair Competition. The second portion of the class will focus on the law of restrictive covenants, with an emphasis on Arizona case law and principles. Students will learn principles of drafting effective restrictive covenants, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, as well as an overview of litigation strategies and techniques.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Students will be graded based on a 20-page paper (80 percent of the grade), and in-class presentation on a litigation topic (15 percent), and class preparation and participation (5 percent).
Participation Points: Participation in class discussion is expected. The instructor reserves the right to add or subtract from a student's final grade based on preparation and participation in class.
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Attendance is Mandatory
Online Course Site: None