Break Away From The Pack

What are the qualities of a trade secret?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Business And Commercial Litigation |

Breaking away and starting a firm may require extensive resources essential to establish your operations. They can include valuable funding, expertise or intellectual properties (IPs) gained over time. Fortunately, these resources can receive protection under certain laws, especially with specific types of IP. Learning about their qualities and categorization may be crucial to determine whether information qualifies for these provisions, which may apply to trade secrets.

Trade secrets are information with associated IP rights, allowing their owners to license them or potentially sell them for a specific value. You can tie these pieces of information to your firm’s success, allowing you to equate their worth with a dollar-amount value. Still, an IP must have certain qualities to pass as a trade secret, including the following:

  • If revealed, the owner may suffer monetary losses
  • A specific number of people can know about it
  • The owner has official rights to the IP, making them responsible for taking measures to protect it from theft or misappropriation

The owner can use diverse options to protect their trade secret, such as using confidentiality agreements in relevant situations. If the owner fails to take adequate actions to secure their trade secrets, they might not qualify for protection from specific laws.

Safeguarding trade secrets effectively

After breaking away, you may have experience and knowledge in finance, but it may not be enough to protect your IP correctly. Laws surrounding trade secrets and other types of information can be complex, considering how your business practices can have legal implications. Consider consulting an attorney when establishing your firm and seeking ways to protect your IP. Experienced legal guidance can help you learn how to secure your IP effectively, maximizing your use of confidentiality agreements for your firm’s daily operations.