Trade Secrets & Confidentiality of Proprietary Information

Oregon law protects against the unauthorized theft or misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential proprietary information. Trade secrets can include engineering information; methods, processes, and know-how; tolerances and formulas; business and financial information; computer programs (particularly source code) and related information; business plans; budgets; methods of calculating costs and pricing; customer and supplier lists; internal marketing data; specifics concerning customers and suppliers; products and services in research and/or development; collections of data; and other information relating to a company's business. To be a trade secret, the subject information must not be generally known to the public or to persons outside of the company. To be a trade secret, information must be sufficiently secret to represent an actual or potential economic or business advantage. Employees departing a company can be the target of unwarranted claims of trade secret misappropriation and require competent legal representation in response.

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