Cisco GC Slams HP Over Employee Noncompete Suits

Law360, New York (November 23, 2011, 6:40 PM EST) -- The general counsel for Cisco Systems Inc. — which has faced several lawsuits for hiring former Hewlett-Packard Co. employees — on Wednesday excoriated HP for seeking to keep employees from moving on and said it was the wrong way to protect trade secrets.

In a post on Cisco's company blog, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Chandler called on HP to stop enforcing noncompete agreements that restrict employee mobility, saying trade secrets are protected by intellectual property laws, not by noncompete agreements.

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