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A Murky Trade Secret Landscape: What Employers Can Do

December 19, 2014 - Law360
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by Rob Hanna and Stephanie Rzepka, published in Law360

The Uniform Trade Secrets Act protects "trade secrets" from misappropriation. To create uniformity and predictability for businesses operating across state boundaries, all but three states have adopted a version of the UTSA. Nearly all of these versions preempt common law tort claims of trade secret misappropriation, but state courts have split on whether the UTSA also preempts such claims relating to "confidential information" that do not meet the definition of "trade secret." Regardless of where your state falls, employers can and should take steps to protect both trade secrets and confidential information. To read the article, click here.

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