Trade Secret Laws: Massachusetts

Thomson Reuters Practical Law June 2017

Jonathan L. Shapiro, an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, authored a Q&A guide in Thomson Reuters Practical Law, titled “Trade Secret Laws: Massachusetts.”

Following is an excerpt (see below to download the full version in PDF format):

Massachusetts has not adopted a version of the model Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Instead, trade secrets are protected by a blend of statutory and common law.

Under the Massachusetts statutes regulating trade secrets, a defendant may be held liable for certain acts towards another person or corporation's trade secret including:

  • Embezzlement.
  • Stealing.
  • Unlawful taking.
  • Concealment.
  • Copying.
  • Using fraud or deception to obtain it.