The question has been raised:  What is the effective date of Georgia’s new non-compete statute, O.C.G.A. § 13-8-50 et seq.?

The statute provides that it goes into effect on the day after the passage of an enabling Constitutional amendment. 

This Act shall become effective on the day following the ratification at the time of the 2010 general election of an amendment to

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What does the new law do?  Although the changes are extensive, and the effect of those changes will differ depending on the circumstances, we reviewed the statute when it was passed in 2009 and published an overview in the Georgia Bar Journal.   We also published a technology article, focusing on its effects on technology companies.  

As we noted
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On November 2, Georgians voted overwhelmingly in favor of updating Georgia’s restrictive covenant law. The new law is codified at O.C.G.A. 13-8-50 et seq. 

The law is not retroactive, so it does not affect existing contracts.  However, for many businesses who have learned that their agreements are not enforceable under Georgia law as it existed previously, now is

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Los Angeles partner Robert Milligan will be leading a presentation on “Hot Topics in Trade Secret Law” at the State Bar of California’s 35th Annual Intellectual Property Institute at the Silverado Resort in the Napa Valley on Saturday, October 30, 2010 beginning at 9:35 am.

The Institute is the premier multiday program of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property
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Please join us for the second in a series of planned webinars presented by members of our California Workplace Solutions group. In this webinar, we will present an overview of the growing list of privacy protections impacting California employers, with a particular emphasis on the most current developments as 2010 comes to a close. The Webinar will offer practical advice and best practices for recognizing and problem-solving a broad array of challenges posed by privacy rights in the California workplace.

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        Periodically, we see significant trade secrets issues arising in the franchise context. As counsel, we regularly advise clients on these issues. Given the significance of trade secrets in the franchise organization, we thought it might be helpful to get the perspective of the President of Franchise Opportunities Network, W.C. Garth Snider, on the role of trade secrets in the franchise

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Many states allow courts to take certain actions to “modify” restrictive covenants in employment agreements.  This issue is a topic of hot debate in Georgia, as the voters will decide on November 2, 2010 whether to allow “blue penciling” in Georgia.  Blue penciling, strictly defined, is the ability of a court to strike, excise, or cull, certain severable portions of
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Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010

9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific
10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern

The fifth webinar of the 2010 series will focus on non-compete and trade secret considerations from an international perspective. The webinar will involve a discussion of

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On July 28, 2010, Seyfarth Shaw will continue its webinar series on trade secrets, with a focus franchise and dealer relations.

The fourth webinar of the 2010 series will focus on how to protect trade secrets, trade dress/marks, and goodwill while maintaining and enhancing successful franchises and dealerships. These are often the core assets of a franchise or dealership, and

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On May 19, 2010, Seyfarth Shaw will continue its webinar series on trade secrets and restrictive covenant issues with a focus on California.  

The third webinar of the 2010 series will focus on how California trade secret law is similar and diverse from other jurisdictions, including a discussion of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, trade secret identification requirements, remedies

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