http://tradesecretattorney.info ― Companies sometimes get information that they do not want. In other words, they just act as unintentional receivers. The most effective way to handle information that is improperly disclosed is to return the information to its source, and to advise the source that the information received was not circulated within the organization or used for any purpose. The potential risk for companies that will make them liable for trade secret misappropriation is that they might know or have a reason to know that the information is tainted with trade secrets and it is improperly revealed by misappropriation or in an unauthorized manner. Therefore an explicit clause to disclaim such liability is essential.