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This ACC Guide provides an overview on trade secrets in the United States. It will explain the legal framework that in-house counsel can use to inform, protect, and provide guidance when dealing with trade secrets, intellectual property usage, and what you company might face in attempting to protect certain information.

This Guide will also explore topics like what qualifies as a trade secret, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), trade secrets versus patents, and practical methods of protecting trade secrets.

Additional Resources Included:
Sample Exit Interview Form
Sample Trade Secret Policy
Example “Notice” Language About Whistleblower Immunity
Sample Acknowledgement Regarding Trade Secrets and Proprietary Information for Incoming Employees

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