The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business: "Chapter 9, Section 3: Trade Secrets"

Read this section. Trade secret laws generally protect businesses that wish to maintain the confidentiality of their formulas, processes, or client lists, since they have important economic value. Be aware of both the civil and criminal penalties that go with stealing a trade secret, as well as potential defenses against such claims. Be sure to do the short exercise at the end of the section.