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Protecting Your Company's Secrets

Keep the lid on your confidential information.

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This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When employees leave your company to work for a competitor, make sure they don't take your competitive edge with them. The law protects trade secrets, but only if employees understand the information is confidential.

Consider a recent Illinois case, Liebert Corp. v. Mazur. Four sales representatives resigned from a company to accept positions with a competitor. Just before leaving, one of the reps downloaded huge quantities of company data. The ex-employees were sued.

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