Mark Itri, a patent attorney with law firm McDermott Will and Emery, was on a plane going to visit a major airplane manufacturer when he overhead a conversation, apparently among employees, about the schematics for the next generation of jet engines.
"They were talking really loud. Everyone could hear. All over the schematics were the words 'confidential and proprietary,'" says Itri.
He promptly walked into the airplane maker's offices and said, "This is how you lose your trade secrets."
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