Boston Tech Watch: Noncompetes, Markforged, Mimecast & More

August 7, 2018

Here are some of the latest headlines from the Boston-area tech sector:

—The Massachusetts Legislature passed an economic development bill that includes some limits to employee noncompete contracts, the Boston Globe reported. The bill prohibits noncompetes for hourly workers and interns; shortens the allowable length of the noncompete period to one year in most other cases; and requires former employers to provide some compensation while ex-workers wait out their noncompete period.

—A federal jury ruled in favor of Watertown, MA-based 3D printing firm Markforged in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by competitor Desktop Metal, based in Burlington, MA, according to a Boston Globe report. However, Markforged still faces a second lawsuit, in which Desktop Metal alleged that a former intern stole proprietary documents and shared them with his brother, a Markforged executive, according to the report.

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