Wednesday, October 08, 2008, 10/08/2008 12:47:00 PM

Too Small To Protect Trade Secrets?

By Todd
InfoWorld has a blog that we read sometimes and this recent blog posting hit a couple of points we've opined about in the past. The blogger didn't identify the company they work for - but they noted that they'd persistently identified trade secret loss as a major risk for the company. The CEO apparently pooh-poohed the idea that this was a real risk and essentially instructed the blogger to chill out.

Murphy's Law struck and one of their VP's left and misappropriated data and secrets and helped others, and himself, eat the company's proverbial lunch. The CEO was mystified. The blogger engaged in a bit of nasty schadenfreude.

Our point: we agree with the blogger here - no company is too small to think about protecting intellectual property and trade secrets. Some rare companies don't have any intellectual property or trade secrets - but no company that DOES HAVE intellectual property or trade secrets is too small to worry about losing them.

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