Yes, material on the internet is protected from trade secret crimes. In order to receive protection from misappropriation and misuse, however, information must first qualify as a trade secret. The courts in each state will examine slightly different factors in deciding if something is a trade secret. Some of these factors might include:
You can seek relief any time a trade secret of yours has been exploited, however the internet has created new ways in which a product or piece of information might lose its status as a trade secret. The most common ways that something might lose its trade secret status include:
The remedies for violations of online trade secrets and confidential information are generally similar to those for any other type of trade secret misappropriation and might include:
If someone else is using or exploiting your trade secret, an experienced intellectual property lawyer can help you preserve your rights and seek the relief you deserve.
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