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A Guide for Protecting Proprietary Information

Article Index
A Guide for Protecting Proprietary Information
II. Impact of Disclosure
III. Examples of Confidential Information
IV. Policies & Rules
IV. Policies & Rules (cont.)
V. Executing Non-Disclosure Agreements
VI. Post Contract Debriefing
VII. Compliance Auditing
ANNEX A
ANNEX B
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The following is a general outline of recommendations for managing organizational confidential information.

I. OVERVIEW

Like most all modern companies, your company (“Company”) and its staff face tremendous market pressure to protect the trade secrets and confidential information belonging to the Company, its customers and its collaborators.  Successful protection of confidential information allows the Company to keep staff employed, grow staff opportunities, serve existing customers, and attract new customers.

The Company’s confidential information falls into two main categories: a) information developed and owned by Company; and b) information temporarily given to Company by its customers, collaborators and others.  This guide deals with both categories.

Every Company team member, whether a manager, employee or contractor, has a key role in maintaining the Company’s confidential information.  This Guide is intended to help Company team members better understand how to maximize the protections of sensitive information while reducing risks of inadvertent disclosure. For purposes of this article, trade secrets are treated like confidential information.



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