Startup Litigation Defense Post 101

Andrew Greenstein, counsel at Knight Capital, suggests in his
Three Quick Steps To Avoid Startup Death By Trade Secret Misappropriation Lawsuit“, the following:

CHECKLIST AND CERTIFICATION FOR NEWLY-HIRED EMPLOYEES

1. I hereby confirm that I have not retained any documents or information relating to the business of any of my prior employers, in any form (including personal email and electronic files), that I obtained in my role as an employee of my prior employers.

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2. I hereby confirm that I have performed a search of my home computer, hard drives, USB drives, email, and paper files to confirm that I do not possess the information described above.

Important: If you need to perform a search before completing this document, please inform [NAME] so that you can do so.

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3. I hereby confirm that I have not disclosed or used, and that I will not disclose or use, any non-public documents or information relating to the business of any of my former employers during my work at [COMPANY].

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4. I hereby confirm that I am not subject to an agreement that prohibits me from working for a competitor of any prior employer.

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