Posted by Mr. Q at 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 8, 2012
here, you need to prove that the process is not generally known within your industry and that you've taken reasonable steps to keep it confidential. Here is an article detailing the steps you should take if a secret is stolen (and you can follow up with a cease and desist letter). You don't have to have a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) with your former assistant because most states have laws in place that prevent trade secret misappropriation (theft). It may also make a difference if the assistant is characterized as an employee or as a contractor. By the way, in the future, you might want to use an NDA and at this site we've provided a basic one (click on the section titles for explanations) as well as a selection of specialty NDAs. Also, if the assistant has copied any of your ceramic imagery or copyrightable designs, you may be able to pursue the assistant under copyright law. Check out our crafts law book for more details.