Protecting Client Trade Secrets Know How from Departing Employees



  • Available Until 4/17/2021
  • Next Class Time 11:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • Program Code 0118350
  • MCLE Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $89.00


The value of many businesses consists not of tangible assets but the services they provide—what they do and how they do it. Trade secrets can involve everything from business and financial plans and models to bids for new business, vendor lists, and processes and designs. Trade secrets are not merely mechanical designs or plans. Trade secret law encompasses much of the “know how” that businesses have developed slowly over time and that is the essence of their value. In service-based businesses, trade secret protection is of surpassing importance. This program discusses the various forms of trade secrets, threats to their protection in the workplace, fundamental techniques and plans to protect them from loss, and strategies for not losing their value to departing employees.

• Practical strategies for protecting trade secrets, know-how, and confidential information from departing employees
• Understanding what’s protectable and what’s not—and how to protect each category of “secret”
• Establishing multiple layers of protection, from policies and practices to agreements
• Labeling information as confidential, restricting and tracing access, maintaining records
• Use of nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, nonsolicitation and noncompetition agreements• What to do when an employee departs—exit interviews and more—and what to do when a disclosure occurs

Speaker: James Pooley, an attorney in Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s foremost experts in trade secret law and management. He has served as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and chair of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Selection Board. He also has served as Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, where he was responsible for the international patent system. In 2016, Mr. Pooley was named to the IP Hall of Fame. His latest business book is Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage (Verus Press, 2015), and his legal treatise, Trade Secrets, updated semiannually, is the leading lawyer’s desk reference on the subject.