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THE DIVORCE PROCESS

There are six steps to a divorce proceeding. These include:

1. DETERMINING THE PROPER COUNTY AND JURISDICTION

All divorces in the State of California, regardless of whether or not you and your spouse are convinced you can work out your disputes, must start with determining which county and jurisdiction to file the petition for divorce.

Many courts in California, including the County of Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside, have specialized courts that deal only with family law and divorce matters. These courts handle all issues related to the divorce, including the division of community and separate property and assets, child custody, child support, spousal support and related issues.

Which is the right county for your divorce? That depends on many factors including where you and your spouse have resided. Often times, especially when you and your spouse have separated and have lived apart before either of you files for a divorce petition, more than one county may be the right jurisdiction for your divorce matter.

However, a judgment of marriage dissolution (divorce) may not be entered unless one of the spouses has been a “resident” of California for six months AND of the county where the divorce proceeding is filed for three months immediately preceding the filing of the divorce petition.

This “six-months/three-month” residence requirement applies only to marriage dissolutions (divorce) action. There is no residency requirement for filing a nullity or legal separation petition.

2. FILING OR RESPONDING TO A PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

Once we have determined the proper jurisdiction and county for your divorce, one of two documents must be filed with the court. You can contact farzadlaw.com for more information on this.

If you are seeking a divorce, we will prepare and file for you a “petition for dissolution of marriage”. In this document, we will identify what you seek (a dissolution) and why you seek it (typically “irreconcilable differences”).

Remember that California is a no-fault divorce so issues such as infidelity are irrelevant to the divorce petition. However, despite California’s no-fault system, certain issues that most relate to “fault” ARE very significant to your divorce. For example, application for a domestic violence protective order usually requires an affidavit or declaration showing reasonable proof of a past act or acts of abuse. In addition, when determining the child’s best interests in a contested custody case, the court must consider any history of physical or sexual abuse by one parent against any spouse, any child or other persons within the household. The Court also takes into consideration habitual alcohol abuse or illegal use of controlled substances or medications.

If your spouse has served you with a divorce petition and after we determine and ensure that the divorce petition has been filed in the proper court and county, we will file a “Response” to the petition for dissolution of marriage. Time is short and you must not wait to file a response.

In most circumstances, you only have 30 days from the date of the petition is served on you to file the Response. Fail to do so and your spouse can take a “default” against you, barring you from appearing in court or challenging your spouse’s requests.

If you have a default against you in your divorce, you must contact us immediately because the time to file a written motion (request) with the court to set aside the default against you is short.

After we prepare the divorce petition, and both you and we sign it, we file it with the court and serve it along with a summons on your spouse. That gets the process started and your spouse then has 30 days under most circumstances to respond to the divorce petition. If your spouse fails to respond to the divorce petition in 30 days, we will, at your request, ask the court to enter his “default”, which the court often does immediately.

If you have been served with the divorce petition, we will prepare a timely written “Response” to the divorce petition for you, you and us will sign it, and we will file it with the court. We will also serve a copy of it on your spouse or your spouse’s lawyer.

3. THE USE OF DISCOVERY DURING YOUR DIVORCE ACTION

Discovery is intended to take the gamesmanship out of the divorce and family law process. Discovery includes serving and answering interrogatories (written questions) under oath, producing documents under oath, admitting to certain facts under oath and conducting oral examinations under oath (called depositions).

Discovery also permits you to conduct vocational evaluations on your spouse (if your spouse is refusing to work but is capable of doing so) as well as independent medical and related examinations when your spouse’s medical or psychological issues are relevant to the divorce proceeding. The discovery process during the divorce is not limited to your spouse.

We can issue and serve civil subpoenas to third parties or entities for their personal attendance at a deposition, to produce documents, or both.

Discovery is one of the most important processes in the divorce proceeding. Unfortunately, many family law attorneys either don’t realize the importance of the discovery process during the divorce or are incapable of effectively engaging in the discovery process.

That is why Farzad & Mazarei’s wealth of experience in all aspects of effective discovery sets us apart.

If your spouse is trying to “hide” assets or is playing games with custody or support issues during the divorce process, we will conduct the necessary discovery to expose your spouse’s misconduct and further to obtain all the necessary information and documents from him or her.

Further, don’t worry about your spouse hiding assets or not being cooperative during the discovery process. If your spouse refuses to cooperate during the divorce or otherwise fails to produce what we have requested of him or her, we will file the appropriate motions with the court forcing your spouse to comply with our discovery requests. The court is often asked to intervene when one party is playing games and the court has the power to not only order your spouse to comply but may also impose financial and other serious sanctions for noncompliance. These sanctions may include paying for your legal fees.

What discovery procedures we use is something we discuss with you during the divorce process. Not every case is handled the same way. Some cases require significant discovery. Others require very little. We will go over your case with you at the outset and throughout your matter to determine the necessary discovery your divorce may require.

4. MEDIATION OF YOUR DIVORCE ACTION

Mediation is a formal attempt to resolve some or all of the issues in your divorce.

Mediation of child custody and visitation disputes is mandatory. You and your spouse will be encouraged to seek mediation for all of your issues by the court.

Mediation is especially effective for simple divorces and Farzad & Mazarei will work hard to bring your matter to mediation and attempt resolution between you and your spouse.

For complex divorces, mediation can also be very effective but you must be very careful and mindful of having all the facts before you attend mediation. Often, a spouse in a long term marriage with assets believes that he or she can “work things out” with the other spouse without the need for much investigation or discovery. This can be a recipe for a disaster especially when you are walking into mediation without all the facts.

That is why we ensure the timing of the mediation works to your advantage and, when necessary, we conduct the investigation and discovery during your divorce so that we can maximize what you are entitled to and what you get at mediation.

5. TRIAL OF YOUR DIVORCE ACTION

If your divorce cannot be settled informally (through settlement discussions) or formally (through mediation), your divorce will proceed to trial. Divorce trial are often short (most are 1 day or less) unless there are extensive property or assets at issue, or complex child custody matters.

Prior to the actual trial date, pre trial discussions take place. Most trial judges will request each spouse’s attorney to meet with the judge in an informal in-chambers conference.

The purpose of this conference is to discuss any unresolved issues, the length of the trial, the identity and number of witnesses, the nature and extent of the exhibits, to resolve any evidentiary issues and often to make one final attempt at settling the divorce action.

The trial process is complex and requires extensive preparation, depending on the complexity of your divorce.

Farzad & Mazarei are experienced and successful trial lawyers and set our goals and objectives to getting you the results you deserve.

6. THE FINAL DIVORCE JUDGMENT

After a decision is reached, whether by settlement or trial, a judgment or order is entered.

That judgment outlines the final resolution of all the issues in your divorce action. These include the division of assets, spousal support, child support, child custody and any other orders that are necessary and part of your divorce action.

At Farzad & Mazarei, orange county divorce lawyer we are committed to intelligently and compassionately representing your interests throughout the divorce process.

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Use of Confidentiality Agreements (also commonly referred to as Non-Disclosure Agreements, Proprietary Information Agreements, or similarly titled documents) are primarily based in trade secret law which recognizes that a business has an ownership interest in and right to protect information it creates, from which it or others could derive some “economic value.” Trade secrets have often been grouped together with patents, copyrights, and trademarks under the broad umbrella of intellectual property law and generally thought to be the exclusive domain of intellectual property lawyers. However, since the exchange and protection of confidential information is so central to every company’s business activities, the application of trade secret law often intersects with other practice areas such as corporate, transactional, compliance, employment, and litigation.

 Competitive Intelligence or Trade Secret?

      At one end of the spectrum of business information is competitive intelligence which can be generally defined as “gathering, analyzing, and distributing Intelligence about customers, competitors and their products, and just about any aspect of the business environment needed to support executives and managers in making strategic decisions for their business organization.” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_intelligence. At the other end of the spectrum of business information are trade secrets, which can be broadly defined as exclusive knowledge or information, generated by the labors of a business, having economic value in that it is unknown to others and gives the owner an advantage in its business activities. Depending on the business or industry the form of what is considered trade secret information can be somewhat variable, ranging from business, financial and marketing plans to technical data, future product plans, or information on strategic partnerships and customer lists. While obtaining and using competitive intelligence is an ethical and legal business practice, the line between information described as competitive intelligence and trade secret information is becoming increasingly blurred. To better educate business stakeholders on the difference between what is considered competitive intelligence as opposed to trade secret information, a review of the legal definition of “trade secret” is warranted. In the U.S., trade secret law is a creature of state law and, thus, varies somewhat by state. The majority of states have adopted some version of The Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), while others utilize the application of common law rules to define trade secret rights and remedies. The UTSA is a model law drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws to more uniformly define the rights and remedies of common law trade secrets. Presently, forty-six states (plus the District of Columbia) have adopted some version of the UTSA. See Uniform Trade Secrets Act, 14 U.L.A. §§ 1-12 at 437 (1980) (amended 1985) (West master ed. 1990) (“Uniform Law”). California, which adopted the UTSA without significant change, (see DVD Copy Control Assoc., Inc.  v. Bunner (2003) 31 Cal.4th 864, 874.) uses the following definition: “Trade secret” means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that: (i) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and (ii) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.” California Civil Code §3426.1(d). A violation of California’s version of the UTSA may entitle the injured party to injunctive relief, recovery of damages for the actual loss caused by misappropriation, recovery for unjust enrichment caused by misappropriation that is not taken into account in computing damages for actual loss. If neither damages nor unjust enrichment caused by misappropriation are provable, the court may order payment of a reasonable royalty for no longer than the period of time the use could have been prohibited and if willful and malicious misappropriation exists, the court may award exemplary damages.

      It should be noted that while federal law generally does not preempt or apply to state law claims involving trade secrets, there is federal law governing trade secret theft in the form of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, 18 U.S.C. §§1831-1839. The Economic Espionage Act (EEA) makes the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret a federal “crime” (including conspiracy to misappropriate trade secrets and the subsequent acquisition of such misappropriated trade secrets) with the knowledge or intent that the theft will benefit a foreign power or where misappropriated trade secrets are used in a product that is produced for or placed in interstate (including international) commerce and is done so with the knowledge or intent that the misappropriation will injure the owner of the trade secret. Penalties for violation of the EEA are fines of up to US 0,000 per offense and imprisonment of up to 15 years for individuals, and fines of up to US million for organizations.

      Although it is clear that state law governs trade secret protection except in the narrow areas of theft, misappropriation, or unauthorized use and possession of trade secrets related to products placed in interstate or foreign commerce or economic espionage for the benefit of a foreign company, agent, or government—it is important to recognize the EEA adopts a definition of “trade secret” consistent with the generally accepted legal definitions used in the UTSA and state laws based on the UTSA. Specifically, the EEA defines a trade secret as: “all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information, including patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs, or codes, whether tangible or intangible, and whether or how stored, compiled, or memorialized physically, electronically, graphically, photographically, or in writing if—A) the owner thereof has taken reasonable measures to keep such information secret; and B) the information derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable through proper means by, the public.” 18 U.S.C. §1839(3)

 Harmonizing Use of Confidentiality Agreements and Trade Secret Protection

      To the casual observer the disclosure of any trade secret information to another party would seem to destroy the trade secret status of such information. However, the law has long recognized the needs of businesses and individuals to exchange or disclose confidential information in furtherance of their business objectives, while protecting the rights of those businesses or individuals from having third parties economically benefit from use information they were not intended to receive or possess. Thus, providing confidential information to another party on a restricted basis and prohibiting further disclosure to any unauthorized third party are considered “reasonable measures” in maintaining the secrecy of such information. There are various methods companies can use to protect their trade secret information, such as: keeping the information in locked drawers, cabinets, or rooms; marking documents as confidential or secret; encrypting documents; or protecting computer files and directories with passwords, however, use of confidentiality agreements with business partners as well as employees is the primary method in which a business can demonstrate its reasonable measures to maintain the secrecy of its trade secret information. Several courts have held that use of confidentiality agreements constitutes reasonable steps to ensure secrecy of the information for trade secret protection. See American Credit Indemnity Co. v. Sacks, 213 Cal.App.3rd 622 (1989), Rockwell Graphic Sys., Inc. v. DEV Industries, Inc., 925 F.2d 174 (7th Cir. 1991), On-Line Communication Servs., Inc., 923 F.Supp. 1231 (N.D.Cal. 1995).

 Confidentiality Agreements as Contracts

      While the use of Confidentiality Agreements is based on the “reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy” language in both the state and federal statutory definitions pertaining to trade secrets, it is important to understand that use of Confidentiality Agreements is equally based in contract law. Parties are generally free via contract to define the terms regarding the purpose of the agreement, the description of the confidential information being disclosed, the period of protection for such confidential information, or even negotiate the state law that will govern interpretation of the agreement. California Civil Code §3426 clearly recognizes that a party may have a cause of action in breach of contract for violation of the terms of a Confidentiality Agreement: “(b) This title does not affect (1) contractual remedies, whether or not based upon misappropriation of a trade secret, (2) other civil remedies that are not based upon misappropriation of a trade secret.” California Civil Code §3426.7(b). Further, while §3426 limits remedy to “damages for the actual loss caused by misappropriation . . . [or], If neither damages nor unjust enrichment caused by misappropriation are provable, the court may order payment of a reasonable royalty for no longer than the period of time the use could have been prohibited,” however, liability for breach of contract damages is not so limited.

      A California case which best illustrates the importance of contract provisions in a Confidentiality Agreement is Celeritas Technologies, Ltd. v. Rockwell International Corporation. In the early 1990s representatives of Celeritas met with members of Rockwell to demonstrate Celeritas’ proprietary de-emphasis technology applicable to modem semiconductor chips—Rockwell was a leading modem chip manufacturer at the time. The parties entered into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), which covered the subject matter of the meeting. In 1994, a Rockwell competitor began to sell a modem product that incorporated de-emphasis technology and Rockwell subsequently informed Celeritas that it would not license the use of Celeritas’ proprietary technology. Rockwell soon thereafter began efforts to develop de-emphasis technology for its modem products, shipping its first prototype de-emphasis technology chip sets in January 1995. In September 1995, Celeritas sued Rockwell, alleging breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and patent infringement. At trial, Celeritas prevailed under all three theories, however, on appeal the patent infringement claim was dismissed and the misappropriation claim was rendered a duplicative recovery based on a Celeritas recovery stipulation at trial. Essentially, Celeritas’ recovery was based on breach of the NDA provision where Rockwell covenanted not to use “any [Celeritas] Proprietary Information (or any derivative thereof) except for the purpose of evaluating [a] prospective business arrangement [with] Celeritas . . .” Celeritas Technologies, Ltd. v. Rockwell International Corporation, 150 F.3d 1354 (Fed.Cir. 1998). Final compensatory damages, based what it would have cost Rockwell to license the technology from Celeritas, together with exemplary damages awarded Celeritas under its breach of contract claim totaled approximately million.

 Confidentiality Agreements: Provisions to Include and Pitfalls to Avoid

      While irrespective of any written agreement, a duty of confidentiality may exist at common law; it is highly recommended that the parties involved memorialize their obligations concerning the use and protection of confidential information disclosed in an agreement between them in order to maximize protection and prevent misuse of their respective trade secret information. Many of the definitional provisions or provisions excepting certain information from trade secret status are the result of common law decisions, while others are based in the UTSA or EEA. Many other provisions that may be included in a confidentiality agreement, as noted above, are based in contract law and subject to negotiation between the parties. Below is a discussion of the more important issues to be considered when drafting and negotiating confidentiality agreements.

 Definition of Confidential Information

      A preferred practice in virtually every confidentiality agreement is for the parties to define what information is “confidential” as well as whether one or both parties are disclosing confidential information. Further, it is important to include a “marking” requirement which provides that “Information shall be considered confidential if provided to the receiving party in written or electronic form and marked as “confidential,” “proprietary,” or similar conspicuous legend, if provided orally or visually, is identified as confidential at the time of delivery and promptly confirmed as confidential in writing to the receiving party, or which a reasonable person would not recognize from the surrounding facts or circumstances to be confidential or secret.” However, any description which attempts to protect all intellectual property rights of the disclosing party should be avoided since any registered patented, copyrighted, or trademarked material are publically available for all to see and, thus, are not protectable as trade secrets.

 Exceptions to Confidential Treatment

      Confidentiality agreements typically exclude certain information from the definition of confidential information. A somewhat universal exception to a claim of trade secret protection is the “public domain” exception. As noted above, if the confidential information is or becomes available to the general public, except as the result of an unauthorized disclosure, then the information is no longer considered “secret.” The seminal case on the issue, Kewanee Oil Co. v. Bicron Corp. held, “the disclosure of a trade secret, even if accidental or inadvertent, destroys the ‘secrecy’ and removes protection.” Kewanee Oil Co. v. Bicron Corp., 416 U.S. 470, 476 (1974). Further, information already known to the receiving party prior to receipt and absent any confidentiality commitment on the part of the receiving party is another exception to trade secret status. Another common exception to trade secret status concerns information that a party, through its own labors, has developed “independently” of any relationship with the disclosing party. The legislative history of the EEA indicates such independent or “parallel” development is a clear exception to the trade secret protection under the EEA. See www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/EEAleghist.htm (Managers’ Statement for H.R. 3723). The last general exception to trade secret status is the “court order” exception. This is not a true exception to trade secret status but rather exception to the receiving party’s obligation of non-disclosure to any third party. This exception provides that a the recipient of trade secret information cannot be held to be in violation of its confidentiality obligations if the receiving party is compelled by a subpoena, court order, or other request pursuant to legal process, to produce any of the disclosing party’s trade secret information. Both California trade secret law the EEA contain language which supports this exception by requiring that courts take such actions as necessary to preserve the confidentiality of the trade secret provided pursuant to court order. See 18 U.S.C. §1835 and California Civil Code §3426.5.

 Term

      One of the more important provisions to consider when negotiating a confidentiality agreement is its term. In other words, how long do the confidentiality and other obligations of an agreement last? Most businesspeople and many lawyers think of “term” as being a single fixed time period. But for most confidentiality agreements, there actually are two time periods to consider—the time period during which confidential information will be disclosed and the time period during which the confidentiality of the information is to be maintained. These periods may or may not be the same, and they need not be specified by exact dates (years, months, weeks, etc.). For example, the parties may provide that the term of the agreement shall continue for so long as the parties are discussing a possible business relationship, but the obligation of confidentiality survives until an exception to the obligation arises. Other agreements may quantify the time periods and, for example, provide that the disclosure period is for one year and the obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the information is for a three-year period thereafter. Time limits on protecting confidential information vary based on the sensitivity of the information being disclosed, with anywhere from three to five years being somewhat the norm. However, courts have been reluctant to enforce such provisions where the useful life of the trade secret has expired, i.e. “[t]he plaintiff must prove that . . . the trade secrets are not “stale” See Computer Economics, Inc. v. Gartner Group, Inc., 50 F.Supp.2d 980, 984-92 (S.D.Cal. 1999). Lastly, the agreement should provide for termination by either party at any time, subject to reasonable notice as negotiated by the parties. This allows either party to terminate its participation under the agreement if it decides working with the other party is no longer in its business interests.

 Obligation of Confidentiality

      Every confidentiality agreement should detail how the confidential information will be handled by the recipient. The receiving party’s failure to treat the confidential information in compliance with these requirements will result in a breach. At a minimum, the receiving party should be required to use the same amount of care in preserving the secrecy of the confidential information as used in preserving the secrecy of the receiving party’s own Confidential Information, but in no event less than “reasonable care.” Other typical requirements include restricting disclosure to only those employees who have a real “need to know” the information to evaluate the relationship; non-use of the confidential information for other than the specified purpose agreed to by the parties, and; no disclosure of the confidential information to persons or entities other than the employees or agents of the recipient without the prior written consent of the disclosing party. If employees, contractors, or agents of the recipient are provided access to the confidential information, the disclosing party should expressly provide in the agreement that the recipient must cause those persons to be bound by the same obligations of confidentiality as provided for in the agreement, while the receiving party will remain responsible for the acts of those persons in regard to the confidential information received.

 Ownership and Warranties Regarding the Confidential Information

      The disclosing party should also consider requiring the recipient to acknowledge that the confidential information is the property of the disclosing party and that the disclosure of the information does not convey any right, title, or license in the information or rights to any patent, copyright, trademark, or any other intellectual property right of either party under the Agreement. This is necessary to prevent ambiguity as to what rights, if any, the recipient has in the confidential information and any information related thereto (i.e., no implied license). Further, it is always wise to insert a warranty or representation regarding the disclosing party’s ownership of the confidential information or at a minimum that the disclosing party warrants that it has the right to disclose the confidential information provided under the agreement.

 Return and/or Destruction of the Confidential Information

      If the term of the agreement has expired or if the agreement is terminated pursuant to a termination provision, there is generally no purpose for the receiving party to continue to possess the disclosing party’s confidential information. The preceding given, it is a recommended practice to insert a provision in the agreement that requires the receiving party, upon the disclosing party’s written request, will promptly return all confidential information received from the disclosing party, together with all copies, recordings, summaries, or other reproductions thereof and all notes and/or other works prepared or based thereon, or certify in writing that all such confidential information and copies have been destroyed.

 Prohibition on Reverse Engineering

      Absent a license agreement or other agreement prohibiting such, once products are sold and are in the public domain, they may be freely reverse engineered to reveal any inherent trade secrets. Courts in the U.S. have treated reverse engineering as an important factor in spurring inventors to disclose innovations which benefit the general public rather than maintaining such inventions as trade secrets. A patent allows qualifying inventors up to 20 years of exclusive rights to make, use, and sell the invention, but only in exchange for disclosure of significant details about their inventions to the public. However, should the inventor choose to protect the invention as a trade secret, his or her competitive advantage may be short-lived if the innovation can be reverse engineered. Further, purchase of a product in the open market generally confers personal property rights in the product, including the right to take the product apart, measure it, subject it to testing, and the like. In fact, California trade-secrecy law explicitly provides that reverse engineering is a lawful way to acquire a trade secret, “[r]everse engineering or independent derivation alone shall not be considered improper means.” Civ.Code, §3426.1, subd.(a). However, where non-publicly available prototypes, preproduction examples, beta, or pre-release code are being provided under a confidentiality agreement, a prohibition on reverse engineering of such prototypes or pre-production/pre-release products is not only warranted but highly recommended.

 Right to Equitable Relief

      In a situation where the trade secret is a key component of the business model and profitability of the company, it is quite possible that no amount of money damages would be adequate or preferable to enjoining the breaching party from continued misuse use of the owner’s confidential information. For this reason, California law provides for injunctive relief against “[a]ctual or threatened misappropriation” of a trade secret, (Civ.Code, §3426.2) and courts are allowed this remedy (provided by statute) in granting an injunction against actual or threatened use of misappropriated trade secrets. See Morlife, Inc. v. Perry, 56 Cal.App.4th (1997). However, depending on the sensitivity of the information, the business lawyer should be on guard against language which indicates the unauthorized use or disclosure “may” cause irreparable harm and that the injured party may be entitled to “seek” equitable relief—since the burden of proof still remains with the complaining party to show the harm caused cannot be satisfied by monetary damages and equitable relief is not a “right” under the agreement.

 Consequential Damages Disclaimers and Other Damages Limitations

      Many companies attempt to limit their liability for any perceived or actual misuse of confidential information received by inserting a disclaimer of consequential or other indirect, special, or punitive damages. The business law practitioner who encounters such a provision should take note that while there is a specific provision for “exemplary damages” (similar to punitive damages) in California Civil Code §3426.3, the parties are free to negotiate a limitation on these damages via contract and such disclaimers or limitations are generally enforceable. However, it should be noted that consequential damages disclaimers tend to limit any real contractual damages remedy that could be pursued since the injured party is limited to recovery of only direct damages incurred which under a confidentiality agreement are difficult to prove. Some parties attempt to use a liquidated damages clause setting forth the damages the owner of such confidential information might be entitled to in the event of a breach of the agreement. As with consequential damages disclaimers noted above, liquidated damages clauses in confidentiality agreement are also enforceable, however, the inclusion of such a provision may eviscerate any clause providing for injunctive relief. Since granting an injunction is generally disfavored by courts where money damages would suffice to remedy the situation—inclusion of a liquidated damages provision would likely be viewed by a court as tantamount to saying money damages “would” suffice—and may result in injunctive relief being denied.

 Exclusion for Commonly Used Skills, Know-How and Residual Memory Clauses

      The EEA clearly recognizes that trade secret information can be misused or misappropriated by both tangible and intangible means, i.e., memorization, “. . . all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information, . . . whether tangible or intangible, and whether or how stored.” 18 U.S.C. §1839(3). The statute also prohibits transcribing such intangible, memorized information into a tangible form, such as “sketch[ing], draw[ing], . . . download[ing], upload[ing], . . . , transmit[ting], . . . communicat[ing], [and] convey[ing],” 18 U.S.C. §§1831(a)(2), 1832(a)(2). This is not to say, however, that any piece of business information that can be memorized is a trade secret. The EEA does not apply to individuals who seek to capitalize on their lawfully developed knowledge, skill, or abilities, nor does the EEA apply to individuals who merely have been exposed to trade-secret information. However, some states prevent the free movement of key employees who may “inevitably” disclose trade secret information of their former employers. The “Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine” is the law in states such as Illinois and Colorado and is a method of proving a misappropriation claim. It is based on the theory that certain key employees cannot resign and work for a competitor without inevitably using, in their new jobs, their former employer’s trade secrets, even if they do not intend to. The typical remedy has been to enjoin a party from conducting business in the same or similar role until such time as information he or she possesses becomes stale. The leading inevitable disclosure case is PepsiCo, Inc. v. Redmond, 54 F.3d 1262 (7th Cir. 1995). California courts on the other hand have rejected the inevitable disclosure doctrine as the law in California . See Bayer Corporation v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., 72 F.Supp.2d 1111, 1119 (N.D.Cal. 1999). While the foregoing exclusion of commonly used skills, know-how, or talent is more likely to be addressed in an employee form of confidentiality agreement, the same principle has been held applicable in confidentiality agreements with other business partners, such as sales representatives or agents. For example, one court has held that a terminated agent cannot be prohibited from using skills that he or she acquired, or casually remembered information that he or she acquired, while employed by the principal. Apollo Techs. Corp. v. Centrosphere Indus. Corp., 805 F.Supp. 1157, 1200 (D.N.J. 1992).

      To avoid claims that their employees are tainted merely by being exposed to another party’s confidential information, many large companies attempt to insert what is referred to as a “residual memory clause.” Residual memory clauses generally provide that the receiving party has a right to use any confidential information retained in the unaided memories of their employees who had access to the information. The argument used for inclusion of a residuals clause by such companies is that its employees cannot “un-remember” what they have seen or been exposed to and, thus, absent a residuals clause, any similar development efforts might become contaminated by an exposed employee’s continued involvement. While the EEA expressly recognizes that trade secrets may be misappropriated by “memorization”; trade secret cases that do not involve the EEA are not persuasive authority on residual memory clauses or differentiating between intentional memorization and unintentional memorization. Companies that fear their confidential information may “memorized” by their business partners should insert language in the agreement which requires the return or destruction of the confidential information as well establishing limited access to named individuals of the receiving party who have an absolute need to access the confidential information solely for the purpose set forth in the agreement.

 Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Clauses

      It is not uncommon to see non-solicitation clauses as part of a confidentiality agreement where the recipient agrees not to solicit for employment employees of the disclosing party or in an employment context, the employee agrees not to solicit the business of his or her employer’s customers or solicit/recruit former co-workers for employment for some period of time after the employment relationship is terminated. California courts have enforced non-solicitation provisions barring business partners from soliciting or dealing directly with specifically named parties (see General Commercial Packaging, Inc. v. TPS Package Eng., Inc., 126 F.3d 1131 (9th Cir. 1997)) or barring ex-employees from soliciting customers where the customer identities specific information regarding the customers which are trade secrets. See Courtesy Temporary Service, Inc. v. Camacho, 222 Cal.App.3d 1278 (1990). While reasonably constructed non-solicitation clauses are enforceable, contractual bans on competition in confidentiality agreements, especially within an employer-employee arrangements are not generally enforceable in various jurisdictions as being an unreasonable restraint on trade. These restrictive covenants generally seek to prevent a business partner from working on a similar project with a competitor of the disclosing party or seek to prohibit an employee from taking the same or similar position with a competitor of the employer after the employment relationship has ended. In California, Cal.Bus.&Prof.Code §16600 provides that, in the absence of a statutory exception, “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.” A party operating in California seeking to limit its business partners from engaging in lawful business by inclusion of a non-compete clause or an employer that insists on an employee’s agreement to such covenants as a condition of employment may very well face liability under unfair competition theories.

 Conclusion

      While many business people routinely use confidentiality agreements to accomplish their day-to-day business activities, many fail to understand the real need and importance of confidentiality agreements in not only protecting the competitive edge the company may have in its confidential information but in also helping the company avoid liability by documenting the obligations of each party relative to the information he or she may receive. To better educate clients on the importance of confidentiality agreements, the business lawyer should recommend the use of a company-approved confidentiality agreement which should be part of the business’ confidential information or information security policy, or absent a separate confidential information policy the importance of protecting confidential information should be stressed in the company’s code of conduct, employee handbook, or intellectual property policies. Bottom-line, businesses that fail to undertake measures necessary to adequately protect their confidential information as well as educating management and employees regarding their obligations concerning use and protection of information they may receive or obtain from others may very well see those practices reflected in their “bottom-line.”

Daniel S. Beebe is a solo practitioner focusing on in-house legal consulting, transactional matters, and intellectual property licensing. Mr. Beebe maybe contacted via email at daniel_beebe@yahoo.com ; and web at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-beebe-esq/0/4a9/32a.

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If you are an inventor, a writer, a musician or a designer, it doesn’t matter if you live in Murrieta, California, San Diego, CA, Mission Viejo, Carlsbad, La Jolla, Westminster, Orange County, Anaheim, Orange, Irvine, Escondido, San Luis Obispo, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Huntington Beach, Temecula or Palm Springs, Palm Desert, or Indian Wells, CA, the law is the same with regard to intellectual property in California. But why are patents, trademarks and copyrights are considered “Intellectual Property?” A good patent lawyer, trademark attorney, copyright lawyer or intellectual property law firm can tell you.

 

Actually it is the inventions that are patented, the symbols or words that are trademarked and the works of literature, music, film and the like that are copyrighted that are considered to be the intellectual property, but the question is really what makes them either intellectual or property?

 

Some, if not many of the works that are copyrighted are anything but intellectual, but their copyrights are extremely valuable nonetheless.

 

A funny looking symbol that becomes a trademark is perhaps more artistic than intellectual, but that symbol can be worth millions.I

 

nventions are really more inventive than intellectual, but if they work, they can be a benefit to mankind.

 

So, is it right that any of these things should be considered the property of one and not all of us?

 

What gives one person the right to protect a set of words or an invention as their own property?

 

Well, what the law does is reward people for their intellectual efforts. Whether that effort is to paint a beautiful painting, to write a wonderful piece of music or to create a device that makes it easier or more energy-saving to do something, that person deserves to be rewarded. And what the law does is give that composer or inventor a number of years to make a monetary reward from his or her efforts.

 

Some people question why a composer or inventor still has to go to great cost or effort to then market their works before they get any reward. Why aren’t they simply paid for the creation? Why do they still have to become marketing and advertising geniuses? Why must they even pay filing fees or an attorney to have their works and inventions protected.

 

The answer is simply a question. Who would pay these writers and inventors? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t have money to pay these people. Nor does the Library of Congress.

 

The system that is worldwide for protecting the works of our most artistic and intelligent people is not without fault, but it is the best system devised to date, despite the many efforts by pirates and infringers to steal the rewards that should go to these writers and inventors.

 

Patents, trademarks and copyrights can be extremely valuable. The copyright infringement of a book not long ago resulted in a seven figure settlement. Trademark infringement and patent infringement cases routinely result in settlement in the millions. And patents can be licensed or sold outright for tens of millions of dollars and sometimes more.

 

If you would like more information on intellectual property, need defense in a lawsuit, or wish to patent an invention or design, trademark a slogan, symbol or phrase, or copyright a literary work, photograph or a musical composition as an example, we invite you to call us.

 

If you have an intellectual property matter in Orange County, San Diego, in the Inland Empire, Palm Springs or anywhere in Southern California, we have the knowledge and resources to be your San Diego Intellectual Property Lawyers, and Orange County and Anaheim Intellectual Property Attorneys. For this reason, be sure to hire a California law firm with copyright lawyers who are ready to serve you in many areas such as Costa Mesa, Anaheim and Pacific Beach so you are properly represented when you need to be.

 

If you have an intellectual property matter and need to know your rights, call the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson, or visit our website at http://www.SebastianGibsonLaw.com and learn about your rights and options. You can also call us to speak directly to Sebastian Gibson on the phone about your legal matter.

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Brian Chase is a 2010 Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyer


Orange County, CA (Vocus) February 23, 2010

Brian Chase, a partner at the California personal injury law firm of BISNAR | CHASE (www.BestAttorney.com), has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer and a Top 50 Orange County Attorney by Orange Coast magazine. Chase earned one of the highest point totals in the award process.    

In compiling its prestigious list of top attorneys, the magazine evaluates candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts, settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within a law firm, professional activities, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, education and employment background, and other outstanding achievements.

Once a candidate pool has been created, the magazine’s research department closely evaluates each candidate based on the criteria listed above, and then a review of that candidate is performed by the lawyer’s peers within their primary area of practice.

As featured in Newsweek’s The Best of Los Angeles Law, Brian Chase is a top California lawyer who has been practicing personal injury law for over 17 years, concentrating on auto defects and catastrophic injury cases. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. Presently, Chase is a Vice President of Consumer Attorneys of California. He is a past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, The American Association for Justice, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Christian Legal Society.

Brian Chase is AV rated “Preeminent 5 out of 5” by Martindale-Hubbell and “Superb 10 out of 10” by Avvo (both highest ratings possible). He was named 2004 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association in the area of defective products, was listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association in 2007 and was named a Top Lawyer in Orange County by OC Metro magazine in 2009. In addition to his recent appointment as a 2010 Super Lawyer, he was also named a Super Lawyer from 2006 to 2009.

Chase has tried dozens of jury trials and, in the last couple of years, has numerous seven- and eight-figure recoveries from various automobile manufacturers. He was also involved in two published appellate opinions: Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (a California Supreme Court case dealing with expert witness designations) and Hernandez v. State of California (an appellate case from the Second Appellate District dealing with governmental design immunity). Brian has settled many auto defect cases against major auto manufacturers involving wrongful deaths and catastrophic brain injuries.

“Brian’s achievements as a top Orange County lawyer are a source of immense pride for our firm,” said John Bisnar, founding partner of BISNAR | CHASE. “Brian’s trial lawyer reputation and track record is invaluable in getting our clients the settlements they deserve from not only auto makers but insurance companies and negligent governmental agencies. When representing clients with catastrophic injuries or the family of a deceased accident victim, having a trial lawyer with Brian’s skill is crucial to winning at trial. Having a trial lawyer with Brian’s reputation brings about very favorable settlements in quick order from insurance companies and corporate wrongdoers. Having Brian on our team is huge plus to our clients.”

Brian has published numerous articles and is a frequent nationwide lecturer on litigation-related topics and has made numerous radio and television appearances, including interviews on CBS Special Reports, Peter Jennings/World News Tonight, and America’s Best Lawyers. Brian’s book, Still Unsafe at Any Speed — Auto Defects That Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries, has received widespread acclaim for being the definitive guide to auto defects. The book offers readers valuable information on common vehicle defects and includes real-life accounts of how defective autos have destroyed people’s lives.

About BISNAR | CHASE

The BISNAR | CHASE law firm’s Orange County personal injury attorneys represent people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence throughout California. The auto defects law firm has won a wide variety of auto defect cases against most of the major auto manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler. Get a complimentary copy of Mr. Chase’s auto defect book, Still Unsafe at Any Speed: Auto Defects that Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries. For more information, visit www.BestAttorney.com and www.ProductDefectNewsandAdviceBlog.com.

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Business Lawyers in Orange County Saving your Business


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Business owners understand that they have to deal with worrying about lawsuits against clients. But do they ever expect lawsuits against other businesses, or over contract disputes? Today, people are finding any reason possible to get what they think they deserve. Having a business in Orange County is no longer as simple as it used to be. That is why there are great business lawyers in Orange County that are willing to make everything easier for business owners. Starting up a business can be difficult, with the help of a business lawyer in Orange County your business can be up and running smoothly within a few months.

Business lawyers are good for more than just making sure your finances are in check. Finding a good business lawyer in Orange County could ensure you are given the knowledge you will need to start up your business and run it smoothly while covering all the legal requirements. They’ll help you decide what kind of entity your business would be and make sure it follows all legal regulations. Business lawyers in Orange County will make sure all the paperwork is done and your business is following all the required laws.

Not only are business lawyers in Orange County good for starting up a business but also they are helpful when creating alliances with other businesses. They become even more useful when it is between two corporations or even a small business and a larger entity. Having a business lawyer from Orange County on your side will guarantee your safety in a business deal and draw up all the expected contracts. They will make sure business is done fairly and legally, while keeping your businesses best interest in mind.

Another situation business lawyers are good for are when you are looking to buy or sell a business. They will take all the necessary legal matters to ensure a smooth transaction among owners. From drawing up contracts to being present for inspections, business lawyers in Orange County go above and beyond to take care of your investments. Having a business lawyer in Orange County may be expensive, but looking at a long-term perspective ensure that they are worth every penny. You and your business will be able to avoid any and all legal issues that you may encounter.

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Business Lawyers in Orange County: Drafting What You Need


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Are you a new competitive business owner that is looking to do business with other businesses but want to make sure your investments are safe? Have many people told you to consider a business lawyer but don’t really see the benefits of having one? Are you living in Orange County and have no idea where to start looking for a business lawyer? Well these are many questions that this article will have the answers to. Being a new business owner can be a risky and scary thing, especially if you are looking to create alliances with other businesses in your local area.

Running your own business is great. You are your own boss, you work on your own time, and the money you make is a direct reflection of how hard you work. But there are a few things in the business world that many do not understand. There are the legal ramifications that get in the way of a business being successful. This is where a great business lawyer from Orange County would come in handy. Although you run your business out of Los Angeles, you live in Orange County, and having your business lawyer in Orange County is definitely a benefit when it comes to the many necessary pieces of paperwork.

If you finally decide on hiring a business lawyer in Orange County, you’ll enjoy the luxury of knowing that all your paperwork is done right and up to regulations. If you then choose to connect your business with others, you want to ensure your investments are safe. A business lawyer would come in handy in these situations because you can ensure that they are looking out for your business’ best interests. They can draw up necessary contracts and make sure that things are done legally.

Business lawyers are great to have during the whole duration you are in business. Business lawyers from Orange County can help you start up your business by filing the proper paperwork, while helping maintain fair relationships with other businesses. But if you think they are not useful when it is time to sell your business, you are wrong. Business lawyers of Orange County are also trained to assist you in the selling of your business. They will draft up all the necessary paperwork and make sure that the title of your business and everything necessary is handed over properly to the new owner.

So if after reading this article, you are still unsure whether or not the hire a business lawyer for your business, then consider speaking to your fellow friends that work with business lawyers or visit an office and speak with them about how they can help you.

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