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Trade Secrets

There are federal and state laws, both criminal and civil, that protect your trade secrets.  A trade secret is any information you have that is secret and gives you a competitive advantage.  Loss of a trade secret means your competitors can use that information however they want to gain an edge over you, including copying your product designs and technology. I can help you develop in-house policies and procedures that will preserve your trade secret protection:


  • Limit access to trade secret documents.
  • Label trade secret documents and drawings as confidential and proprietary.
  • Modify the employee handbook to include warnings about misuse of trade secrets.
  • Modify non-compete clauses to address trade secrets.
  • Educate your engineering, R&D, marketing and sales staff on the proper handling of trade secrets.