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Is There a Different IP Protection Policy for Star Employees?

The following shared article titled, “Uber Threatens to Fire Star Engineer in Legal Battle Over Driverless Cars” posted in the NY Times on May 19, 2017, and written by Mike Issac, raises one extremely important issue for brand owners to consider, aside from the merits of the case.

It raises the particular challenges a brand can confront in trying to prevent star employees from walking out with their intellectual property.

QUESTION:

A brand is compelled to ask itself: Must a star employee adhere to the same IP management and protection policies all employees of the brand must adhere to, or does the brand look the other way?

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Ron Alvarez is an IP Investigations / Protection writer and licensed private investigator in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has published a number of articles on various investigative topics for PI Magazine. Ron is certified by the Interpol-International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC.) as a "Transnational and Organized Crime Intellectual Property (IP) Investigator."

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