Trade Secrets

This course considers the law and theory applicable to protection of confidential business information ranging from computer programs and manufacturing processes to customer lists. Topics will include the reverse engineering of products; invention/idea submissions from employees and outsiders; employment agreements; consultant agreements; considerations regarding drafting of agreements; remedies; defenses; misappropriation; trade secret-defeating publications versus patent-defeating publications; implied and express duties of confidentiality; trial tactics; use of trade secret clauses to effect non-compete agreements; the inevitable disclosure doctrine; Federal Economic Espionage Act; and various public policy considerations associated with the foregoing. In particular, the procedures and requirements for preserving trade secret protection for confidential business information are reviewed.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course