The risk that valuable trade secrets will be misappropriated has skyrocketed due to an increasingly mobile work force; the ease with which digital data can be copied, transmitted, and posted; and businesses’ growing reliance on contractors, vendors, consultants, and licensees. Often, businesses must obtain temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunction hearings, or criminal subpoenas within days. Our experienced trade secrets team understands the need for quick and decisive action in this area.
We help clients protect trade secrets, and litigate claims regarding breach of restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and violations of various computer and data security laws. Due to the multi-faceted nature of this practice, we rely on our team’s extensive experience in intellectual property, labor and employment, and litigation. Additionally, our lawyers possess deep knowledge and experience regarding e-discovery, and applicable state and federal computer, Internet, and privacy statutes.
- Create policies and procedures to protect trade secrets and confidential information
- Prepare non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, email and privacy policies, and incentive compensation agreements for corporate employees
- Advise employers on how to avoid exposure when hiring employees from competitors
- Litigate claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, breach of fiduciary duty, raiding of employees, interference with business relationships or contracts, unfair competition, and related business torts
- Litigate claims to enforce or invalidate covenants not to compete; nonsolicitation, or confidentiality agreements
- Perform trade secret and confidential information audits
- Prepare outsourcing agreements and technology commercialization agreements with appropriate protections for trade secrets, confidential know-how, and other intellectual property
- Evaluate and litigate related claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Stored Communications Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Economic Espionage Act; and various state Uniform Trade Secret Acts, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices statutes, and computer hacking and privacy statutes
- Advise on protection of confidential information during litigation