Trade Secret Misappropriation: A Lawyer's Practical Guide to the Case Law
Michael J. Hutter
Albany Law School
Western New England Law Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1978
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: trade secret law
Date posted: June 22, 2010