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Employers can take measures to protect intellectual property

Most Texas companies have unique strategies and secrets that help them operate in a manner that differs from their competitors. Though trade secrets and other intellectual property tend to remain closely guarded, information often needs sharing with employees and partners in order for tasks to be completed as needed. Of course, when employees leave the company, business owners may worry about the safety of their trades secrets.

Unfortunately, some competitors may try to use the data or other intellectual property of companies in hopes of gaining an edge. However, this type of action could constitute theft. If employers fear that this could happen, they may want to remain vigilant about protective measures from the beginning. When hiring new employees, employers may want to ensure that they conduct background checks and screenings that could help them give the right individuals proper clearance and access.

Employers could also take measures to prevent former employees from still having access to company information after they leave. It may also prove useful to have the ability to remotely access any company-provided devices. This step could help police the data uses of current employees and give the company easier access to delete information or remove access for former employees.

Of course, some unscrupulous individuals may still take action that involves the selling or giving of another's intellectual property. When this occurs, companies could face considerable setbacks. Fortunately, Texas business owners do have legal options for addressing intellectual property theft. Exploring various avenues with experienced legal counsel may help parties get their business affairs back on track.

Source: Forbes, "Seven Strategies To Keep Your Company Data Safe When An Employee Leaves", May 4, 2018

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