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Protecting corporate intellectual property from the inside

Sometimes your own employees are the biggest threat to your company's IP

Companies go to great lengths to protect their intellectual property from competitors, but one of the biggest threats to their assets may be from their own employees. It can be difficult to strike a balance between allowing access to information necessary for job functions and protecting information central to a company’s success.

Proper policies and procedures are critical to preventing information theft by employees, but if that situation arises, digging into digital information and including user activity can provide a solid foundation for litigation.

Take-aways for general counsel

So, what can be done to protect corporate information in scenarios like these? Having well-defined and properly enforced policies for employee computer use and protection of intellectual property policy, as well as a well-drafted non-disclosure and non-competition agreement will help ensure that anyone who violates the rules can be properly prosecuted.

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Tom O'Connor

A nationally known lawyer and eDiscovery expert, Tom O’Connor is Director of Professional Services at Avansic. Based in New Orleans, Tom is best known for...

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Gavin Manes

Dr. Gavin Manes is a nationally recognized expert in e-discovery and digital forensics who is currently the President and CEO of Avansic, a Tulsa-based company...

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