This excerpt taken from the ABII 10-K filed Mar 31, 2008.
One of the Companys most important assets is proprietary and confidential information. Employees who have access to or have possession of any proprietary or confidential information entrusted to them should maintain the confidentiality of such information, except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated. Confidential information includes all non-public information (whether in written or verbal form), including information that might be of use to competitors, or harmful to the Company or its customers if disclosed, and includes (but is not limited to) production processes, research and development projects, customer lists, products, prices, business strategies and undisclosed financial data. Each employee is responsible for ensuring that proprietary information is protected from theft, damage, unauthorized disclosure or inappropriate use. All employees must sign a Proprietary Interest Protection Agreement when they join the Company and should review the provisions periodically.
Employees should not share confidential information of the Companys collaborators, license partners or suppliers with third parties or others within the Company who have no legitimate business purpose for receiving such information. Improper disclosure of such information by an employee would violate the Proprietary Interest Protection Agreement between the employee and the Company and may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. It could also constitute an illegal act resulting in civil liability and/or criminal penalties.
Employees should take all appropriate measures to avoid inadvertent disclosure of confidential information. Materials that contain or might contain confidential information such as presentations, memoranda, working papers, data storage devices or disks and laptop computers should be stored and maintained in a secure location. Unauthorized release or posting of information concerning the Companys business via the internet is prohibited, including discussions (anonymous or not) about the Companys business in chat rooms, on message boards or on blogs. All Company-related correspondence, e-mail, voicemail and electronic communications are presumed to be confidential and should not be disseminated outside of the Company, except for legitimate business purposes.