Find Lawyers in Houston, Texas for Trade Secrets Law
Jim Collura has a nationwide energy and construction litigation practice in which he has handled hundreds of millions of dollars in claims. His experience includes trials in state and federal courts across the country. Jim has represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio and his home state of Texas. This experience includes complex litigation with an emphasis on matters ...
Jeff Golub has significant trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation matters. A lifelong Houstonian, Jeff comes from a family of business owners, and he focuses his practice on helping business owners and companies resolve disputes successfully and efficiently. He has achieved favorable outcomes for clients in courts not only in Texas, but throughout the country. His litigation skill has been recognized by his peers, including as one of the Best Lawyers in ...
Patty Hair has over twenty-five years of experience in litigating cases before Texas state and federal courts, presenting cases to arbitration panels and briefing and arguing cases before Texas state and federal appellate courts. Her experience has involved all aspects of commercial litigation, including disputes involving commercial and residential construction, real property development, oil and gas interests, employment, partnerships, contracts, leases, trade secrets and indemnity provisio...
With over two decades of experience as a litigator, Chris Hanslik’s practice has spanned the full spectrum of commercial and business litigation, including contracts, business torts, securities and corporate governance, oil and gas, lender liability, trade secrets, non-compete agreements and other employment-related disputes. Recognizing that the last place most business clients want to be is in the courtroom, Chris strives to develop creative, practical, and value-driven solutions to c...
Bill practices in substantially all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent litigation in the electronics, oilfield equipment, the internet, and computer-related fields. In particular Bill has successfully represented computer manufacturers, computer component manufacturers, mobile phone handset manufacturers, software developers, original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, and financial institutions in patent litigation in the district courts and arbitrati...
Trade Secrets Law Definition
Trade secrets include, but are not limited to, formulas, developmental processes, product designs, customer lists, and marketing data. A trade secret (1) derives economic value, actual or potential, because it is not generally known and cannot be readily ascertained by proper means by persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use and (2) is the subject of efforts to maintain its secrecy that are reasonable under the circumstances. While patents can protect an invention for a certain period of time, trade secrets can last as long as they are protected.
Trade secrets are the frequent target of appropriation by improper means, such as theft, bribery, misrepresentation, espionage, or breach or inducement of a breach of duty to maintain secrecy.
Attorneys provide both counseling on the identification and protection of proprietary information and litigation services in instances of alleged misappropriation of proprietary information.
Attorneys assist in the development and implementation of trade secret protection plans. These invariably include the use of non-disclosure agreements signed by company executives and employees. Strong plans also rely on written policies that help employees identify and protect a company’s trade secrets, demonstrate management’s commitment to that objective, and provide notice to third parties that certain information is claimed as trade secrets. Plan implementation is especially important as courts emphasize strong, genuine efforts over boilerplate forms and unenforced policy statements.
Trade secret and unfair competition claims are prosecuted and defended in various courtrooms and arbitration forums throughout the United States and internationally. A thorough understanding of proprietary information, including manufacturing methods, algorithms, process equipment, and software is essential to the development and execution of a litigation strategy that successfully advances client objectives.
While trade secret law has developed from state common law, regulation is now standard and addresses both civil and criminal liability. The Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) codified and harmonized standards and remedies for commercial claims. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted its framework. On the other hand, the federal Economic Espionage Act of 1996 criminalized the theft of trade secrets related to national security and for commercial purposes.
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