Friday, June 20, 2003

Fairfax County judge rules for defendants in software trade secrets case

As reported here, Judge Langhorne Keith of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County decided in favor of the defendant Actuate and two individuals in a trade secrets case that was the subject of a five-week bench trial.

Virginia has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which means that case law from all over is in play. I have tried to use a time or two when employees ran off with the "crown jewels" but had no non-compete/non-disclosure agreement with the company. The problem is, the crown jewels aren't always trade secrets, as defined under the Act.

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