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Protecting Trade Secrets

This Protecting Trade Secrets compliance training course explains the basic federal and state laws governing trade secrets and provides guidelines for employees on how to protect trade secrets and other confidential information when dealing with co-workers, business associates, and computer technology.

Geography Covered: Americas | Duration: 30 minutes


Protecting trade secrets is more important than ever today, as companies look for ways to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition. Prudent companies are recognizing the need not only to protect their own confidential business information as trade secrets, but also to guard against the misappropriation of others' trade secrets.

In the age of smartphones, LinkedIn, and cloud computing, private, confidential information can become public — and even go viral —all too easily. A simple act of carelessness in an e-mail or on a social network can expose confidential information, leading to instant, irreversible losses. It's critical that companies train their employees to abide by trade secret law, to learn to recognize trade secrets and other confidential information, and to mitigate the risk of release of that information.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • What is a "trade secret"?
  • Overview of trade-secret law
  • How to protect trade secrets
  • New hires
  • Consultants and temporary workers
  • Departing employees
  • Customers and suppliers
  • Joint ventures and acquisitions
  • Unsolicited ideas
  • Social networks and cloud computing
  • Like with all our courses, the Protecting Trade Secrets compliance training course was written by experts and powered by world-leading regulatory intelligence, which tracks more than 900 regulators and exchanges globally to ensure the course content is always up to date.

    All our training courses are driven by practical examples and interactive scenarios to ensure users truly understand and recognize the issues of most importance to your business and learn to instinctively act to support them.

    We employ instructional design techniques optimized for risk and compliance training, enabling your business to educate in a way that reduces risk and helps you build a culture of integrity and compliance.

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