Trade Secrets and Noncompetes

We know that your trade secrets and other proprietary information are among your most valued assets. As we have grown more connected as a society, companies like yours are facing increasing challenges to preventing breaches of those trade secrets as well as unfair competition.

Members of our multidisciplinary Trade Secrets/Noncompete Task Force work with you to devise a comprehensive, preventative strategy tailored to your business needs, including:

  • Auditing your trade secrets and proprietary information
  • Preparing tailored noncompete agreements, nondisclosure agreements, nondisclosure/anti-piracy agreements, and other restrictive covenants
  • Conducting employee training on safeguarding trade secrets and proprietary information
  • Updating you via monthly conference calls and sharing of resources via electronic and other means

When you are faced with a breach of restrictive covenants, theft of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, and similar causes of action, we can pursue these claims in state and federal courts.

We can help you reduce your exposure to accusations of unfair competition by proactively evaluating and limiting the potential risks created by hiring employees or groups of employees from competitors. Should you find yourself facing allegations of unfair competition, we will respond promptly and strategically, advising on and defending you against:

  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Breach of noncompete agreements
  • Unfair competition
  • Disclosure of confidential information
  • Tortious interference with business relations and contracts
  • Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)