Employment attorney Kelsey Crosse and patent attorney Matthew Warner Blankenship presented “Top Five for Small Business - Things to Know about Protecting Intellectual Property from Employees when they Leave your Company” on July 25 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership as part of the monthly “Top Five for Small Business” series.
Matt and Kelsey discussed how small businesses can protect their confidential and proprietary information at all phases of the employment relationship. They also covered various agreements such as non-compete disclosures and non-solicitation agreements, and how to craft those so that courts enforce them.
Kelsey and Matt fielded numerous questions from the audience about protecting their businesses, in the instance where intellectual property is jointly created by the employer and the employee and updating documents and agreements as the employee’s role changes.
Each month, the Greater Des Moines Partnership hosts a “Top Five for Small Business” presentation featuring speakers who inform, educate, and inspire business owners and managers in a variety of areas including legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting, and other pressing issues.