Protection of Employers' Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

This Note describes trade secrets and confidential information protections available to employers. It examines trade secret definitions and legal recourse, including misappropriation, tortious interference and breach of duty of loyalty and/or fiduciary duty claims. It also explores relevant restrictive covenants and best practices. This Note provides a general overview of federal law in this area. For information on state law, see the State Law Q&A Tools under Related Content.

This resource is currently being updated to reflect legal changes required by the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which was signed into law on May 11, 2016. For more information, see Expert Q&A on the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Its Impact on Employers.

Joseph W. Hammell, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, with Practical Law Labor & Employment


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