Western Digital is off the hook for a cool $630m in an arbitration case it initially lost over the alleged misuse of Seagate's confidential information, including trade secrets. Back last year, Seagate complained about the activities of WD and a former Seagate employee who had joined WD, alleging that WD was using Seagate trade …
I thought the way to get legal protection of your trade secrets was to apply for a patent. In fact I believe that this is (or certainly was) the whole point of the patent system - tell us your secrets and we (as a society) will make sure that no one else is allowed to use them without your permission for 20 years.
If you chose not to use that system then you really need to keep your trade secrets secret.
Depends on what it is. Are we talking client lists, supplier contracts or something else entirely?