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Dallas Employment Lawyer Discusses What Items Can be Granted Trade Secret Protection

/ 09/15/2012

Keith Clouse, a Dallas, Texas employment lawyer, works with employers to protect their trade secrets and to keep former employees from using or disclosing these trade secrets. Unfortunately, much confusion exists about what a trade secret is and what information can be classified as a trade secret.


Simply put, a trade secret is information that has commercial value to a business and is kept reasonably confidential. In litigation over trade secrets, courts examine certain factors to determine if something should be granted trade secret status. Trade secrets can include:
• Formulas
• Computer software
• Computer hardware
• Product designs
• Technical processes and procedures
• Machines
• Customer lists
• Business plans
• Business methods
• Market research
• Forecasts and strategic plans
• Price lists
• Marketing strategies

This list, however, is not exclusive. Almost anything could be considered a trade secret if the item meets the necessary requirements.


Litigation over trade secrets often arises when an employee leaves an employer and begins to work for a competitor. The former employer must act quickly to seek an injunction to prevent further use or disclosure of the employer’s trade secrets. To speak to Mr. Clouse or another Dallas employment law attorney at his law firm, contact Clouse Dunn LLP at or (214) 239-2705.

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Clouse Dunn LLP

214.220.3833 ( fax)

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