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Trade Secret Misappropriation: A Lawyer's Practical Guide to the Case Law

Western New England Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1978

45 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2010  

Michael J. Hutter

Albany Law School

Abstract

Electronic surveillance has made it easier than ever to spy on competitors. This is only made worse by employees who leave an employer and feel a sense of loyalty to the new employer, which means the employee is willing to share confidential information. Estimates find that firms appropriate $4 billion worth of confidential information a year. A firm with only had two options for protecting this information: patent law, or reliance on trade secret law. Because of the requirements that must be met in order to obtain a patent, trade secret law is increasingly relied on.

This article is an effort to assist counsel’s educational efforts by providing a foundation for making a claim based on trade secret law. It also considers the forms of relief that counsel must examine.

Keywords: trade secret law

Suggested Citation

Hutter, Michael J., Trade Secret Misappropriation: A Lawyer's Practical Guide to the Case Law. Western New England Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1978. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628722

Michael J. Hutter (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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