What are some cooking trade secrets

Business secrets are primarily understood to be technical knowledge. Construction and manufacturing processes are mentioned here, for example, business secrets relate primarily to commercial knowledge such as customer or price lists, sales data, market strategies or documents on creditworthiness.

Since the company's individual knowledge leads to competitive advantages for individual companies, a business owner can decide to keep this knowledge secret from the public.

However, the knowledge itself is not protected as is the case with patent law. This means that knowledge that has become public becomes common property, but the betrayal of this business or trade secret is punishable and the company in question can make claims for damages against the “traitor”.

An example is a restaurant that has developed a special recipe. It is not possible for this restaurant to prevent others from cooking according to the well-known recipe. It just ensures that the company receives compensation in the event an employee passes the prescription on to others.

The employees or customers and suppliers with whom the company works closely can be obliged to maintain secrecy in order to protect the company from distortions of competition or other damage caused by the publication of the company's internal knowledge. In the interests of the company, the relevant companies should ensure that all parties involved sign the relevant clauses. Employees are often bound to secrecy by special clauses in their employment contracts. This also extends to the time after leaving the company in question. Works council members or the supervisory boards of a company have special confidentiality obligations, which are derived, among other things, from the Works Constitution Act. In addition, the penal code and the laws against unfair competition regulate the legal sanctions for the disclosure of trade secrets. Both fines and imprisonment are threatened here.

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