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Keeping Trade Secrets

Part of Patents, Registered Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Trade secrets can take many forms, such as your customer and supplier list, your next marketing campaign, a particular process or formula, or your finances. Here’s how you can protect them:

  • Have all employees, contractors, consultants, advisors and suppliers sign a confidentiality agreement.

  • Restrict access to areas of your office or plant.

  • Mark documents with a confidential legend.

  • Limit circulation of confidential documents.

  • Lock away sensitive material.

  • Include warnings and directives in your employee manual.