The Law and Ethics of Trade Secrets: A Case Study

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Kurt M. Saunders

California State University, Northridge

Date Written: 2006


Almost every business owns proprietary information that adds value and provides a competitive advantage because the information is not known to the business's competitors. Trade secret law protects such information from theft or unauthorized disclosure. Because one of the principal policies underlying trade secret law is the maintenance of standards of commercial ethics, trade secrets are a rich source of material for exploring questions of business ethics alongside the law. This pedagogical case study offers a means to examine the legal and ethical issues involving the protection and misappropriation of trade secrets within the business environment.

Keywords: trade secrets, intellectual property, business ethics, pedagogy

JEL Classification: K10, K22, M14

Suggested Citation

Saunders, Kurt M., The Law and Ethics of Trade Secrets: A Case Study ( 2006). California Western Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2006, Available at SSRN:

Kurt M. Saunders (Contact Author)

California State University, Northridge ( email )

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