Chicago Salesman Charged with Sharing Company Trade Secrets with Chinese Competitor

The case of a Chicago salesman accused of selling trade secrets to a Chinese company caught the eye of attorneys last month when it went to trial. Robert O’Rourke, who spend 30 years in sales for cast iron products manufacturer Dura-Bar, accepted employment with Dura’s Chinese competitor. Before he left, however, O’Rourke downloaded 1,900 files containing Dura trade secrets. O’Rourke does not deny downloading the files. His defense team denies the files were trade secrets because he claims Dura did not take “reasonable measure” to protect the information. Read more details about the case now.