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Did former software executive steal trade secrets?

With the speed at which computer technology is growing, software companies in New Mexico and across the country have more reason than ever to protect their ideas and products.  When an executive with one of these companies resigns his or her position, there is a legitimate concern that he or she could reveal the company's trade secrets to another employer.  This is the concern behind a lawsuit filed by an out-of-state software company against a former executive. It is claimed that the executive revealed the company's secrets to her new employer.

After 10 years with the company, the woman decided to take a position with another company.  During her time with the first company, she advanced into positions that gave her increasing access to confidential materials of the company.  It is claimed that when she decided to leave, she was asked where she was going but refused to say.  It was discovered that she took a position with a direct competitor, and the company believes she is sharing its trade secrets and even recruiting other employees. 

The first thing Amdocs asked the Pennsylvania court to do is formally enjoin its former employee from working in the software industry pending the outcome of the litigation.  Other requests for relief include further injunctive relief in preventing her from working for her new employer or any other company similarly situated in the software industry.  What other relief the company requested in its lawsuit was not reported.

Not every lawsuit is about monetary restitution.  In many cases, such as this one about trade secrets, non-monetary relief may be just as valuable.  Protecting confidential company information is crucial to the success of many businesses in New Mexico.  When employees leave a company who know its secrets, there is always a chance they may share those secrets with a new employer.  If that happens, the company has the right to turn to the courts for relief, as this software company has done. 

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Software company accuses former employee of sharing trade secrets", Jim Boyle, Sept. 19, 2014

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