2022 Colorado Code
Title 7 - Corporations and Associations
Article 74 - Uniform Trade Secrets Act
§ 7-74-102. Definitions

Universal Citation: CO Code § 7-74-102 (2022)

As used in this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

  1. "Improper means" includes theft, bribery, misrepresentation, breach or inducement of a breach of a duty to maintain secrecy, or espionage through electronic or other means.
  2. "Misappropriation" means:
    1. Acquisition of a trade secret of another by a person who knows or has reason to know that the trade secret was acquired by improper means; or
    2. Disclosure or use of a trade secret of another without express or implied consent by a person who:
      1. Used improper means to acquire knowledge of the trade secret; or
      2. At the time of disclosure or use, knew or had reason to know that such person's knowledge of the trade secret was:
        1. Derived from or through a person who had utilized improper means to acquire it;
        2. Acquired under circumstances giving rise to a duty to maintain its secrecy or limit its use; or
        3. Derived from or through a person who owed a duty to the person seeking relief to maintain its secrecy or limit its use; or
      3. Before a material change of such person's position, knew or had reason to know that it was a trade secret and that knowledge of it had been acquired by accident or mistake.
  3. Repealed.
  4. "Trade secret" means the whole or any portion or phase of any scientific or technical information, design, process, procedure, formula, improvement, confidential business or financial information, listing of names, addresses, or telephone numbers, or other information relating to any business or profession which is secret and of value. To be a "trade secret" the owner thereof must have taken measures to prevent the secret from becoming available to persons other than those selected by the owner to have access thereto for limited purposes.

Source: L. 86: Entire article added, p. 460, § 1, effective July 1. L. 2003: (3)(b) added by revision, pp. 2356, 2357, §§ 347, 348. L. 2004: IP(2)(b)(II) and (2)(b)(III) amended, p. 1459, § 180, effective July 1.

Editor's note: Subsection (3)(b) provided for the repeal of subsection (3), effective July 1, 2004. (See L. 2003, pp. 2356, 2357.)

Cross references: For additional definitions applicable to this article, see § 7-90-102.

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