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To Catch a Thief

Protecting Proprietary Information Including Trade Secrets From Corporate Espionage

Koen, Clifford M. Jr JD, MS; London, Wm. Brian JD

doi: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000283

Corporate espionage is a multifaceted problem causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses to businesses each year. Health care managers have a wide variety of options available to prevent theft of their organizations’ trade secrets and other proprietary information. Organizations should protect their confidential and trade secret information by taking various security measures to limit access to protected material and by using appropriate types of restrictive covenants such as nondisclosure, noncompetition, and nonsolicitation agreements. This article provides helpful guidance for managers to maximize protection against theft of proprietary information.

Author Affiliations: East Tennessee State University (Dr Koen), Johnson City; and Fisher & Phillips LLP (Dr London), New Orleans, Louisiana.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Clifford M. Koen Jr, JD, MS, East Tennessee State University, 1276 Gilbreath Dr, Johnson City, TN 37615 (

Online date: October 29, 2019

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