Equisoft inc. vs. Éditions Protégez-Vous, 2021 QCCS 526


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Equisoft Inc., a company which develops software, claims damages on the grounds that its client, the defendant, EPV, disclosed its trade secrets to its competitors as part of a call for tenders/RFI. ... the Court concludes that RFI 1.5 contains confidential information which qualifies as a trade secret. The resulting damages are the purchase price, and a portion of the software development cost. The Tribunal does not award compensation for non-renewal of the license agreement. ... In other words, this voluntary disclosure of 15% of the software cannot thwart the proposition that a large proportion of the information disclosed in RFI 1.5 was confidential. ... The RFI reproduces screens, menus, reports and detailed functionalities.


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