IP Recruiter – How to Avoid Intellectual Property Breach When Moving Firms


In the not-so-distant past, it was easy for intellectual property recruiter to quarantine sensitive and confidential information – hand-drawn and typed documents such as drawings and diagrams, formulae, recipes, contracts and customer lists were all easily kept under lock and key. Now, however, it is very easy for employees to move IP from work to personal devices and it’s not uncommon for them to upload that data to cloud-based file sharing services.

When this happens (particularly if it involves copyright, patents or registered designs) the new employer can be held liable for breach of confidentiality even though they were unaware of any infringements at the time of transfer. New employees can be trained to respect the intellectual property rights of third parties and to ensure that they don’t bring any such information into a new job, but it is much easier to prevent intellectual property breaches before they happen by being strict with induction processes, and by clearly communicating with all staff about what information they are allowed to keep and what IP they should not use.

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This is a trend that is visible across all sectors, but particularly within the legal profession. Increasingly, lawyers prefer to work in boutique firms, where they can get more bespoke client service and the opportunity to be mentored by senior associates. It’s also a way for high-quality boutiques to compete with Biglaw, without sacrificing their reputation or the quality of work they offer.