Title

Trade secrets: What price loyalty?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1968

ISSN

0017-8012

Publisher

Harvard Business School Publishing

Language

en-US

Abstract

The phenomenon of employee mobility and high personnel turnover rates in the R&.D sector of the economy, says this author, threatens industrial reliance on trade secrets for the protection of certain forms of intellectual property. Safeguarding the right of the corporation to its trade secrets and the right of a key individual to depart for greener pastures poses difficult legal, practical, and ethical questions. Yet the protection of these rights without detriment to either party is of special importance. Here the author examines this seemingly irreconcilable issue and offers a five-step management approach to meet the challenge.

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