Because trade secrets often have to be disclosed in connection to a litigation, it is extremely important to take the necessary precautions to prevent them from losing any chance of protection.
As an illistration of this point, last week, the Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, Division Seven, rejected Respondents’ argument that court records from a 1998 California case should remain under seal because they contained documents relating to trade secrets.
In relevant part, the Court held:
Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property Rights. Courts have recognized trade secrets as a potential overriding interest for restricting public access to information. (In re Providian Credit Card Cases (2002) 96 Cal.App.4th 292.) However, a trade secret does not in itself require confidentiality as required by law unless the action is initiated pursuant to the Uniform Trade Secret Act. (Id. at p. 288.)