Secrets often mean big money in the business world, and the Senate Business and Labor Committee has given unanimous approval to a bill to help protect trade secrets.

"There is a legitimate concern that as we are getting higher technology, it is increasingly difficult to protect technology from piracy, theft and misuse," said Sen. Kay S. Cornaby, R-Salt Lake. Many of those secrets can't be protected under existing patent laws.Unlike most other states, Utah does not have a law protecting trade secrets. Cornaby said his bill, which is patterned after model legislation in other states, would send the message to the business world that "Utah is a good environment for the development of technology."