Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets
Industry increasingly emphasizes technology as a means of achieving efficiency and competitive success. The law must provide an environment that encourages commercial investment in research, but that also protects an individual's right to change employment or compete directly with a former employer. This course is designed to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of protecting information as a trade secret. It will examine the basic legal doctrines and social issues which define this field, and will address the process of trade secret litigation. It will focus on a number of topics of current interest, such as state and federal legislation, "inevitable disclosure," non-competition agreements, corporate programs to protect trade secrets, and criminal sanctions." Elements used in grading: Class participation and final exam.