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Practical Considerations To Protect Trade Secrets

According to Sheryl Willert in "Practical Considerations To Protect Trade Secrets," several basic requirements for protecting trade secrets can be gleaned from the cases discussed in her article:

  • Reasonable precautions against industrial espionage
  • Marking plans and documents 'confidential'
  • Use of 'confidentiality' legends, warnings and agreements
  • Restricting visitors and similar types of plant security
  • Locking up or otherwise securing sensitive information
  • Taking technical precautions, such as dividing the system into steps handled by different individuals or departments
  • Copy protection and embedded codes to trace copies
  • Employee exit interviews.
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