Steve Jobs, Apple and Non-Compete Agreements

I am currently reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It is a fascinating account of the driven life of Steve Jobs and how he pushed Apple to become the giant it is today.  Let’s face it: we love our iDevices and Steve Jobs gets most of the credit for these wonderful gadgets.

The book, however, makes it clear that Jobs was not a computer genius or gifted engineer. His technical skills were average.  He acquired the necessary talent to build Apple by hiring away talented employees from XeroxAtariHewlett Packard, and others.

I believe it is safe to say that Apple Computer (now Apple, Inc.) might not exist in 2012 had those employees been saddled with some of the non-compete contracts which are all too common in today’s technology industry.  At a minimum, Apple, Inc. would not have realized over $108 billion in sales in 2011 with more than 60,000 employees world-wide without the ability to hire talented and creative employees.

This is the reason why we so strongly believe that non-compete contracts are unfair to employees and inhibit the growth and innovation of industry and technology in America. This is why we fight non-compete contracts every chance we get and continue to hope that state and federal laws will eventually be enacted which removes this huge obstacle to innovation.

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.