From: Jim Thompson
Subject: Re: Who owns your mind?
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Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 18:53:39 GMT
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On Fri, 29 Nov 2002 18:29:26 GMT,
In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
Entitled: "Re: Who owns your mind?",
Wrote the following:
|"Jim Thompson" wrote in message
|> On Thu, 28 Nov 2002 21:47:11 GMT,
|> "Mike" ,
|> In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
|> Article: ,
|> Entitled: "Re: Who owns your mind?",
|> Wrote the following:
|> |"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
|> |> I think in at least some jurisdictions a contract that makes it
|> |> effectively impossible for you to earn a living in your field would be
|> |> illegal, and thus unenforceable.
|> |Many of my coworkers made the same argument. Our attorney assured us they
|> |were all wrong: you are free to sign a contract in which you promise not
|> |work as an engineer. There's nothing illegal about it.
|> |-- Mike --
|> You should get a new attorney. There's lots of case law saying it's
|> an illegal contract.
|Our attorney is no slouch.
|Here's the point: I offer you $1 million to not design certain products for
|the next five years. You agree, and we draw up a contract. According to our
|attorney, this is perfectly legal. The non-compete clause attached to a
|stock option is similar.
|-- Mike --
"certain products" makes it specific enough to restrain you from doing
the same for someone else, but "not to work as an engineer" is a whole
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