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Trade Secrets and California Law – Defining Trade Secrets

For many businesses, success depends upon keeping certain, key pieces of company information strictly in-house.   This information might be a certain technique or formula used to create a product, a client list, or a business plan- all of these could indeed represent “trade secrets.”  Yet there is no hard-and-fast list of types of information that are uniformly labeled as trade secrets.  Rather, the information must fit into the definition set forth in California Civil Code Section 3426-3426.11, known as the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, or UTSA.

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