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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Mediation Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Trade Secrets Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Information Technology Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Franchise Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law First Amendment Law Copyright Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Trademark Law Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Technology Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Trade Secrets Law Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Technology Law Information Technology Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Technology Law Information Technology Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Concord, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law

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Trade Secrets Law Definition

Fueled by the ability to electronically capture and disseminate information in a matter of mere milliseconds, trade secrets are increasingly difficult to keep. This form of intellectual property is nonetheless among a company’s most important assets. Properly protected and applied, trade secrets can contribute to the success of a company’s business model. In the absence of sound safeguards and security policies, the likely misappropriation of trade secrets can as easily lead to its downfall.

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.

Counseling

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.

Litigation

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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Fueled by the ability to electronically capture and disseminate information in a matter of mere milliseconds, trade secrets are increasingly difficult to keep. This form of intellectual property is nonetheless among a company’s most important assets. Properly protected and applied, trade secrets can contribute to the success of a company’s business model. In the absence of sound safeguards and security policies, the likely misappropriation of trade secrets can as easily lead to its downfall.

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.

Counseling

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.

Litigation

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.