Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 6/07/2006 08:14:00 AM

More on Trade Secrets in the Workplace

From the Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, more on Professor Hannah's study of trade secrets in the workplace, discussed here earlier.

The article points out one of Professor Hannah's important findings:

"Even if they are asked during orientation to sign something acknowledging they will protect trade secrets, employees invariably just consider that another form they have to deal with to get the job. When they leave the company, employees often are not reminded to keep proprietary information to themselves."

Two words: exit interview.

And, as if on cue, from the Bad Apple Department, a story from the San Jose Mercury News about an employee sentenced to two years in prison for stealing his former employer's trade secrets and attempting to sell them to JDS-Uniphase.

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