As multinational companies compete for highly skilled employees around the world, they are often confronted with a deceptively simple question: Do they impose a noncompetition agreement on their employees?

This article is part one of a two-part article addressing how multinational companies can use a noncompetition agreement on their highly skilled employees to protect their confidential information and other intellectual property. In part two of this article, we will analyze how noncompetes differ around the world on a region-by-region basis.

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This article was originally published in Law360.