2012-04-23 How to Protect Your Trade Secrets
To successfully take legal action against a party who misappropriates a trade secret, the owner of the trade secret must have used “reasonable steps” to protect it. In the absence of proof that sufficient “reasonable steps” were taken, a court will not recognize information developed or possessed by a company as a trade secret and thus will deny attempts to enjoin the use of the information by another party or to seek damages resulting from the third party’s use of the information.
2011-01-28 Protecting Trade Secrets in an Era of High Employee Mobility
Traditionally, protecting a company’s trade secrets against misappropriation was generally considered to be primarily a matter of limiting access to confidential information, controlling the distribution of documents containing such information, monitoring the external dissemination of information regarding the company and its technology, and blocking access by outsiders to the company’s facilities.
2009-12-31 Deciding Between Patent Protection and Trade Secret Protection
The decision of whether to protect a new innovation by either filing for patent protection or retaining the innovation as a trade secret can be a difficult decision to make. This article explores some basic questions that need to be considered in making that determination.