Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 16,400+ case briefs...

Atmel Corp. v. Vitesse Semiconductor Corp.

Colorado Court of Appeals
30 P. 3d 789 (2001)


Atmel Corporation (Atmel) (plaintiff), a semiconductor company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, filed suit against former employees Robert L. West, Patrick H. Jenkins, and Lattie Alejo (defendants) as well as Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Vitesse) (defendant), seeking injunctive relief to prohibit the individual defendants and Vitesse from “raiding” Atmel’s work force. Shortly after leaving Atmel for Vitesse, the individual employees provided Vitesse with names of other Atmel employees the company may want to hire. Atmel argues this violated the “non-solicitation” clause in the employment contract between the individual employees and Atmel which provided that an Atmel employee would not, for a period of one year following the termination of the employment relationship, either directly or indirectly, solicit, recruit, or attempt to persuade any person to terminate his or her employment with Atmel. The trial court granted Atmel’s request for an injunction and prohibited the individual defendants from soliciting or recruiting Atmel’s current employees to work for Vitesse. Additionally, the trial court’s order prevented Atmel employees from initiating contact with Vitesse regarding employment possibilities. Defendants appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Metzger, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 374,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 16,400 briefs, keyed to 223 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial