- not use any of your employer's trade secrets outside of you employer’s business. This is a violation of California law. “Trade secrets” arise from your employer taking reasonable measures to protect information, which is valuable, because it is secret, such as customer lists, business plans, spreadsheets, bid specifications, etc;
- not develop your new business on your employer’s time or using your employer's resources, such as computers, printers, telephone, etc.;
- not violate any other employment policies and procedures related to competition, loyalty, etc., signed employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements, proprietary rights agreements, or other similar agreements with your employer; and
- not advise your employer's customers that you will be soon starting a competing business.
- still not use any of your employer's trade secrets, as discussed above; and
- still not violate any signed past employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements, proprietary rights agreements, or other similar agreements, which by their terms extend beyond your employment.
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