Trade Secret Protection Case

The Guiding Rights Blog reports:

"A recent Illinois trade secret decision highlights the security measures companies should take to preserve proprietary rights in customer lists. Liebert Corp v. Mazur, 2005 WL 762954 (Ill. 1st Dist., April 5, 2005):

1. Limit computer access on a need-to-know basis.
2. Restrict access to physical copies.
3. Prevent employees from taking copies when they leave the company.
4. Require employees to sign confidentiality agreements.
5. Advise employees that lists are confidential.
6. Label the lists as confidential."