How to Keep Trade Secrets - dummies

By Henri J. A. Charmasson, John Buchaca

Part of Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The world of patents, copyrights, and trademarks includes trade secrets. 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. How can you protect them? By using the tips in the following list:

  • 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.