Nobody can seem to agree what a trade secret is, yet an Auckland architect is accused of stealing them from his former firm. Sam Hurley reports from his trial.

What is a trade secret?

It's a question which has been seemingly answered in New Zealand's Crimes Act but continues to be repeatedly asked of witnesses this week in the Auckland District Court.

Many do not know.

A 46-year-old architect, meanwhile, has been accused of stealing them from his former firm.

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But even he, despite hearing nearly two weeks of evidence, is confused.

Charged with nine counts of stealing trade secrets for a pecuniary advantage, Michael Davies continued to give evidence for a second day yesterday.

"I didn't know what the definition of a trade secret is

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