Trade Secret Law

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
THU 2:30 - 4:20 pm JON 6.206

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final (administered by Exam4) December 9, 2023


Taught by Leah Buratti and Maria Calaf.

This course will provide in-depth study of U.S. and Texas law protecting trade secrets, the legal mechanism that businesses are increasingly relying on to protect their intellectual property and confidential business information. The course will cover statutory and common law protection for trade secrets. It will examine trade secret fundamentals such as the scope, duration, and prerequisites for trade secret protection, including subject matter, secrecy, economic value, and reasonable efforts to protect the trade secret. Common misappropriation scenarios will be addressed: joint ventures, potential acquisitions, and departing employees going to work for competitors. In addition, the course will explore litigation strategies for trade secrets cases, in particular requests for a preliminary injunction, forensic discovery, and timing of identification of the trade secret. Employment law angles of misappropriation of trade secrets will also be discussed, such as issues regarding confidentiality and non-competition agreements. Procedures and requirements for preserving trade secret protection will also be covered. Finally, the course touches on relevant comparisons between trade secret law and other legal doctrines, such as patent law.

TEXTBOOK: Trade Secret Law in a nutshell. Sharon K. Sandeen, Elizabeth A. Rowe. ISBN: 9781640202115

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Trade Secret Law Including the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 in a Nutshell *
Sandeen, Sharon and Rowe, Elizabeth
West Academic , edition: 2
ISBN: 978-1-68328-526-7


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
07/24/2023 Instructor(s) updated
05/25/2023 Exam information updated
05/09/2023 Course title updated