How to protect your intellectual property when employees leave

It's important to ensure that a staff member who is leaving cannot use your confidential information in setting up a new business

27th September, 2020
How to protect your intellectual property when employees leave
This legal ownership entitlement does not need to be put in writing, but many employment contracts and policies ensure that intellectual property is owned by employer

As an employer, you always want to make sure that your company’s intellectual property is adequately protected, particularly in circumstances where employees have had to be laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For many companies, their intellectual property is their most valuable asset. Under Irish law, intellectual property created by employees during the course of their employment is automatically owned by the employer unless there is an agreement to the contrary.

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