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Even with protections, trade secret issues could arise

Having confidential and proprietary information can help businesses stay ahead of the game. Arkansas company owners want to do their best to protect such information, but their actions do not always prevent trade secret issues. In some cases, workers or former workers may take that information and provide it to other companies.

In efforts to protect trade secrets, it is wise to revoke former employees' access to the network immediately. This action may help prevent former workers from accessing work emails or other forums in efforts to extract proprietary information later. If company networks are left exposed in this or other ways, it may only make it easier for unscrupulous parties to gain access to information that could be used to damage the company or help a competitor later.

Having contractual agreements in place can also help protect trade secrets. Nondisclosure agreements can indicate when a worker can and cannot access or use certain information or provide details regarding aspects of the company to others. Updating these agreements periodically could ensure that they remain enforceable. Because properly created contracts are legally binding, these agreements can allow companies to take legal action if the contract is breached.

No company wants to face trade secret issues, but unfortunately, not every worker or competitor is honest. If Arkansas business owners believe that their proprietary information has been taken or used without authorization, they may want to take action as soon as possible. Reviewing their legal options for handling any issues appropriately could help them ensure that they can take swift and effective steps when needed.

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