Spring 2010 Section 002
Law 347: Trade Secrets Law

Schedule: Day Class
Claeys, Eric
Credit Hours: 3
CRN: 19869
Day(s): Monday, Wednesday
Location: Hazel Hall 224
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Enrollment Limit: Please see Patriot Web
Online: Online access through TWEN

Writing course

Syllabus: Go to syllabus
Course Documents:
Exam Date/Time: mid-semester-2010
Prerequisites: None
General Description: Considers the law and theory applicable to protection of confidential business information ranging from computer programs and manufacturing processes to customer lists. Covers reverse engineering of products; invention/idea submissions from employees and outsiders; employment agreements; consultant agreements; considerations regarding drafting of agreements; remedies; defenses; misappropriation; trade secret-defeating publications versus patent-defeating publications; implied and express duties of confidentiality; trial tactics; use of trade secret clauses to effect non-compete agreements; the inevitable disclosure doctrine; Federal Economic Espionage Act of 1996; and various public policy considerations associated with the foregoing. The procedures and requirements for preserving trade secret protection for confidential business information are reviewed. The economics of trade secret law is considered relative to other types of protection such as patents and copyrights.