well when you work for large corporations like AMD/Intel/nVidia you would kind of expect them to have non-compete clauses for this reason here. I has valuable information as to what rival (AMD) company is working on. I shared the information and not the actually technology and rival (nVidia) now knows what to expect so the can develop new technology to surpass rival (AMD). If the large corporations were to average out their R&D development times from start to finish and then take that time and write it into their non-compete clauses that would be a smart move from a business legal point of view. The worker can share information as long as it isn't exact data without sharing trade secrets So say I worked for AMD and nVidia hired me (before eyefinity) I sould have shared information on how AMD planned on creating a program that would allow players to play on multi-screens in panoramic view. nVidia might have pushed TONS of money to do the same thing and as long as I didn't give information on how they planned to complete this is would have been perfectly legal. And if the nondisclosure clause could be proven to be a reletivly responsible time frame then the company could sue both the ex-employee as well as the rival company in case of sharring project ideas.
But that's just my $0.02
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