Quimbee Trade Secrets CLE Online
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An Overview of Trade Secrets
According to the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, “a trade secret:
is information that has either actual or potential independent economic value by virtue of not being generally known,
has value to others who cannot legitimately obtain the information, and
is subject to reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy.”
Generally, any confidential business information which provides a competitive edge to an organization and is unknown to others may be protected as a trade secret. Trade secrets can include technical information, such as manufacturing processes or information about computer programs. Trade secrets can also include commercial information, such as lists of clients and documentation on strategy.
In Kewanee Oil Co. v. Bicron Corp., 416 U.S. 470 (1974), the Supreme Court ruled that states were free to develop their own laws regarding trade secrets.The Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) serves as the foundation for most trade secret law in the United States. The UTSA was first published by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in 1979 and was amended in 1985. UTSA has been enacted by 48 states and the District of Columbia, with some states enacting modified versions of the act. The Economic Espionage Act was enacted in 1996 to make the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret a federal crime and provide remedies for such crimes.
Who Should Take CLE Courses in Trade Secrets?
A CLE course in trade secrets can be valuable not only to intellectual property attorneys who deal full-time in this area, but also to any commercial lawyer working with businesses that might want to protect their secrets. Nearly every corporation has some form of trade secret that enables it to maintain a competitive advantage. Knowing how to best protect your clients’ assets can be a valuable skill, even for attorneys who do not specialize in intellectual property. Similarly, business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives can benefit from an introductory CLE course in trade secrets. These courses can provide anyone in business with the foundational understanding necessary to ensure the safeguarding of vital intellectual property.