Practical Advice About Trade Secrets

Corporate clients often want to explore joint ventures with another company to market a new company, for example, in Europe. Or, they may want to use a consulting company to help create a new product, associated equipment, or software.

All too often, the deal sours and the other company tries to use the client's confidential information, without permission, to "re-sell" the same equipment to a competitor or to open shop themselves. To prevent this scenario, patent attorneys usually recommend that a Confidentiality Agreement be used from the onset.