Protecting IP When an Employee Leaves
In "How To Protect IP When Terminating Employees," Caroline Horton Rockafellow reccommends
- taking inventory of all documentation and electronic information that may contain corporate intellectual property, prior to the termination.
- terminating the former employee's electronic access immediately prior to termination or, in the alternative, monitoring access in accordance with company computer policies.
- ensuring that the company continues to have access to all electronic records, corporate documents, and notebooks of the former employee
- using exit interviews to educate the former employee as to the proper treatment of these assets. Accordingly, an exit interview should be a part of all employee-employer separations. Each employee should be educated