USD School of Law Professor Ted Sichelman Quoted in Vox Article on Noncompetes in California

San Diego (February 13, 2017) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Ted Sichelman was quoted in a Vox article regarding the unique characteristic of California law that allows courts to refuse to enforce limitations on employee movement and mobility.

According to the article, this rule has helped to cement Silicon Valley’s role as the nation’s capital for high-tech innovation. It ensures that powerful incumbents can never keep good ideas bottled up inside their walls. Ideas naturally flow to whichever company can best put them to use. The article continues that California’s approach to noncompete agreements is unusual. In most states, if an employee signs an agreement promising not to work for a competitor for a year after leaving, courts will enforce the requirement.

However, Sichelman disagrees with this idea and contends that Silcon’s Valley’s initial success over other markets, such as the Boston Metro area, can be traced back to the emergence of the PC. The article links to a former Vox article where Sichelman says “The major reason we posit for Silicon Valley's ascendance is that Route 128 was focused on the minicomputer and Silicon Valley was focused on the PC."

Read the Vox article here. 

About Professor Sichelman

Professor Sichelman teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, intellectual property, law and entrepreneurship, empirical legal studies, law and economics, and computational legal studies. His current research efforts explore intellectual property law theory, the history of the patent system, the effects of non-competition agreements on innovation, the use of trade secrets by startups, the effects of patent litigation on the macroeconomy, the role of intellectual property law for “big data,” and mathematical and logical models for legal artificial intelligence systems.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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