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Trade Secrets Costs

One of the great things about trade secrets is that there are no filing requirements or legal fees involved in obtaining trade secret rights.  The only costs involved are the costs for the security steps required to keep the information secret.  However, businesses must remain vigilant that the minimal legal requirements for obtaining trade secret rights does not result in minimal security measures safeguarding the information. 

Much more significant are the legal fees that companies expend to enforce trade secret rights once the secret has been misappropriated.  In most trade secret disputes we have been involved in, the misappropriation seems to occur more due to poor communication and lax security measures than due to malicious intent.  The key is to make sure the importance of maintaining confidentiality is stressed to all the individuals who come to know the secret information.  


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