Part II of this Comment discusses the history and need for trade secret law, while providing an overview of Washington's current application of trade secret law. This Part also notes the risks associated with enforcing a valid trade secret misappropriation claim. Part III addresses the history and importance of noncompetition agreements, as well as their inherent conflict with the notion of employee mobility. Washington's recognition of reasonable noncompetition agreements is also discussed. Part IV discusses the modem application of the doctrine of inevitable disclosure, as well as the benefits and costs of recognizing the doctrine in Washington. Finally, Part V argues that Washington should abandon its recognition of the inevitable disclosure doctrine and maintain its reliance on the enforcement of reasonable noncompetition agreements.
Sarah J. Taylor, Fostering Economic Growth in the High-Technology Field: Washington Should Abandon its Recognition of the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, 30 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 473 (2006).