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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Trade Secrets Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Advertising Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Media Law Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Theater
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Technology Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Copyright Law
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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Trade Secrets Law Labor Law - Management
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    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Information Technology Law Patent Law Trademark Law Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Patent Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Concord, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property 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.