How Courts Approach Trade Secret Identification: Part 1

By Mark Klapow, Julia Milewski and William Pellett (July 10, 2018, 1:58 PM EDT) -- Protecting intellectual property has never been more important. For S&P 500 companies, intangible assets like IP rights represent over 80 percent of their market value, up from just 17 percent in 1975.[1] And as patents become more difficult to enforce,[2] companies are increasingly turning to trade secrets to protect those assets, leading to an increase in trade secret litigation. But trade secret law has been slow to adapt to the changing realities of the global economy where new technologies and products cross borders and digital frontiers, employees more frequently transition between jobs, and IP includes business processes, techniques, and customer data....

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