Trade Secrets

 

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An effective trade secret program can yield the most valuable jewels in your intellectual property portfolio. .

With potential for exclusivity of perpetual duration, coupled with their never-to-be-published nature, trade secrets can be more valuable than patents, copyrights, and trademarks.   But, because of their inherent fragility, one mistake can lead to their immediate and permanent destruction.

This program is intended to provide business and technical professionals with fundamental information about trade secrets.  What is proprietary information as compared with trade secrets, and why they they valuable?  How do you know if you have an enforceable trade secret?  How are trade secrets typically lost?  What are the consequences for loss?  For theft?  How do you decide between a trade secret and a patent?  And, how do you effectively keep and disclose trade secrets without losing them?  

 

Trade Secrets 1 - What Is a Trade Secret?

This first trade secret module is intended to help business and technical professionals understand proprietary information and trade secrets, how they are interrelated and why they are each valuable to a business.

 

Trade Secrets 2 - How are Trade Secrets lost and what are the consequences?

This second trade secret module describes the considerations for enforceability of trade secrets. How do you know if you have an enforceable trade secret? How are trade secrets typically lost, and what are the consequences if your trade secrets and lost or stolen?

 

Trade Secrets 3 - Considerations for Trade Secret Decisions and Disclosures

This third trade secret module describes the steps in deciding if information should be kept as a trade secret, how to treat trade secrets, and how to disclose trade secret information to vendors, customers, contractors, and partners.

 

Trade Secrets 4 - Trade Secret Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs) and Enforcement

This fourth trade secret module describes the use of non-disclosure agreements in connection with trade secrets, and enforcement of trade secrets in the event of theft.keep and disclose trade secrets without losing them?