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Have You Done a Trade Secret Audit?

secret_105634725The best way to analyze a company’s trade secrets (and how well protected they are) is through a formal audit. Here’s an overview of how to do a trade secret audit.

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So Happy Together: 15 Things to Discuss with Joint Venturers

When clients come to you to set up a joint venture, they’re often excited and focused on the big picture. You need to be the details person, and maybe a bit of a wet blanket.

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Before Getting Advice, Get Signed Agreements from Your Advisory Board Members

Many companies are plunging into entirely new areas and can really use some advice. That’s where an advisory board comes in. Accessing advisors’ expertise can be invaluable, but it comes with some risk to the company’s trade secrets. Here’s how you can reduce those risks.

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Economic Espionage

Economic espionage sounds somewhat exciting and maybe even a bit sexy. Kind of a James Bond of the business world. But the consequences are hardly glamorous for anyone involved.

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9 Reasons to Register Your Trademark

Despite the silliness of Charlie Sheen’s endeavors to trademark his phases “Duh, winning” and “Rock Star from Mars,” protected trademarks is serious business. Registering trademarks is not mandatory, but it is advantageous in at least 9 ways.

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11 Tips for Preempting Business Pirates

Business piracy, e.g., the unauthorized use of intellectual property,  is a problem that causes major losses for businesses each year. As technological complexity increases, and industry becomes more and more competitive, the temptation for the unscrupulous to gain a competitive edge also increases.

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Clashing Concepts: Trade Secrets and Social Media Networking

A company’s trade secrets have always been an integral and valuable part of its business assets. Social media networking is fast becoming an integral and valuable part of business practice. By their very nature, these two concepts clash and create unprecedented risks of trade secret exposure and challenges for trade secret law.