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Letter to Employer Covered by Trade Secrets Agreement
Dear [officer of employing competitor]:
It has been brought to my attention that [former employee] is
no longer employed in the [division of company] and has
accepted a position with your organization in a [description]
We wish to apprise you of certain continuing obligations to
[name of company] that remain with [former employee], even
though [former employee] is no longer with our organization.
On [date], [former employee] signed our standard
invention and trade secrets agreement that requires our employees
to disclose to Company any inventions, improvements, and
discoveries that are within its scope of business and that were
made while Employee was in its employ and for a period
thereafter. Additionally, part of Employee's continuing duty is
to assist Company in obtaining patent protection for such
inventions, improvements, and discoveries.
[Former employee] is also under a continuing obligation
not to disclose secret or confidential information, knowledge, or
data concerning Company's products, processes, formulas,
apparatus, or trade secrets. Included in this restricted subject
matter is secret or confidential information relating to the
[type of material, e.g., chemical products] that [former
employee] sold [or, processed, examined, managed (whichever is
applicable)] for [name of company], as well as:
a. Customer lists, call lists, and other confidential
b. Memoranda, notes, records, and other confidential
c. Sketches, plans, drawings, and other confidential
research and development data
that [former employee] may have obtained, developed, or become
aware of during [former employee's] employment with Company.
It is not our intention to prevent [former employee]
from applying the general knowledge and skill acquired while
employed by Company that, of course, may be freely exercised.
Protection of Company's secret and confidential information is
our primary concern. As a manager of a business organization
also possessing confidential data and trade secrets, I am certain
you understand our position. Your cooperation will be greatly
I am also sending a copy of this letter to [former
cc: [former employee]