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IP Security Policy: Following Through

As related in earlier blog articles, a “living” intellectual property (IP) security policy involves more than just pre-hire actions and new hire orientation.  IP security policy procedures must be visible and active in the ongoing work routines of management and employees.  If an employer cannot demonstrate reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy, the business’s IP rights may […]

IP Security Policy: Post-Hire

Part of living an intellectual property (IP) security policy is institutionalizing a corporate culture that values and respects IP rights.  Indoctrination of employees into such a culture can begin during the pre-hire process, and necessarily continues during new hire orientation.

IP Security Policy: Pre-Hire

Topics related to intellectual property routinely are neglected in daily business planning and operations (which is surprising given that intellectual property is by far the main value driver in most businesses).  Take, for example, the hiring process.  Businesses put a lot of time and effort into identifying employment candidates, planning and conducting candidate interviews, and orienting hires […]

IP Security Policy: Live It!

My last post stressed the importance of planning for protection of intellectual assets, and recommended businesses institute information security procedures and routine training in those procedures to limit the risk of employees inadvertently (or intentionally) disclosing business-critical information and know how to competitors.  Unfortunately, too many business leaders mistakenly believe use of a boilerplate confidentiality […]

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