• Protecting IP: Keeping Your Secrets Secret
  • June 27, 2006
  • Law Firm: Jenner & Block LLP - Chicago Office
  • Martindale-Hubbell posed the following question to provide a variety of views on this important topic:

    A company's IP may be most at risk from its own employees. What steps ensure the protection of key IP?

     

    In addition to employee contracts covering IP and other proprietary information, background checks are important. Situations arise where things in an employee’s background probably would have raised a red flag if checks had been performed. Bad situations occur with disgruntled employees. But with a positive company culture where everyone treasures and respects intellectual property, hopefully you won’t have employees stealing information, running away and using it. Be mindful though of creating a culture of intimidation -- it can’t be onerous.