In an action under this chapter, a court shall preserve the secrecy of an alleged trade secret by reasonable means, which may include:

Terms Used In Virginia Code 59.1-339

  • 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 Virginia Code 59.1-336
  • Trade secret: means information, including but not limited to, a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that:

    1. See Virginia Code 59.1-336

1. Granting protective orders in connection with discovery proceedings;

2. Holding in-camera hearings;

3. Sealing the records of the action; and

4. Ordering any person involved in the litigation not to disclose an alleged trade secret without prior court approval.

1986, c. 210.