A. In an action under this chapter or section 13-1802 or 13-2316.02 a court shall preserve the secrecy of an alleged trade secret by reasonable means.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 44-405

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Person: means a natural person, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision or agency or any other legal or commercial entity. See Arizona Laws 44-401
  • Trade secret: means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique or process, that both:

    (a) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use. See Arizona Laws 44-401

B. For the purposes of this section, "reasonable means" includes granting protective orders in connection with discovery proceedings, holding in camera hearings, sealing the records of the action or ordering a person involved in the litigation not to disclose an alleged trade secret without prior court approval.