Legal Weapons to Fight Information Theft

Companies should use trade secret and copyright law to maximize their ability to protect confidential business information
Mark V.B. Partridge
CIO Insight

It’s a common problem. A company learns that a former employee copied confidential computer files--proprietary source code, marketing plans, customer lists and pricing information--before leaving and has used the information to start a competing business or has shared it with a competitor.

The first instinct is to challenge the conduct as a misappropriation of trade secrets. After all, the company marked the files as confidential information and had a company policy requiring employees to keep such information secret. Unfortunately, this may not be enough to prevail on a trade secret claim. 


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