Chances are, if you own a business or have taken steps to launch a new one, you have some trade secrets. Even something as simple as a client list, a recipe, or a business process or idea that is not widely known—all information that can easily be transmitted and used by someone else—may be a trade secret, provided that you take certain steps to protect it.
With a highly mobile workforce and the pervasiveness of email and other electronic communications, protecting a trade secret requires awareness, planning, and diligence. First and foremost, trade secret owners must take steps to identify the trade secrets, limit access to the information, and mark documents or correspondence as confidential.
At Clear Sky, we help clients with an array of services, including education on trade secret protection, non-disclosure agreements, and employment contracts. For businesses with a large number of trade secrets, we can help to establish an intellectual property portfolio to track, monitor, and safeguard the data and information that contain trade secrets as well as other types of intellectual property.