Our Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Team understands the importance and value of a business’s intangible assets, including its brand, reputation, customer relationships, processes, plans, and research. We also understand how such assets can be vulnerable to unfair competition. We have significant experience protecting these assets, through both preventive measures and litigation. Our litigation experience is diverse, including both the prosecution and defense of such cases and spanning both federal and state courts as well as arbitral forums.
We work with businesses in identifying and protecting their assets, conducting trade secret audits, implementing confidentiality policies, drafting restrictive covenants, and training business leaders. We also assist businesses in ensuring that their brand and reputation are protected, providing pre-market advertising advice, and investigating false advertising and misappropriation of trade secret claims.
When a business’s assets are compromised, we work with the client to evaluate the situation and, if necessary, initiate litigation. We frequently assist clients in analyzing the risks associated with a departing employee. We possess the knowledge, skills, and staffing necessary to act quickly and to seek temporary injunctive relief as well as permanent injunctive relief and money damages. We also have extensive experience advising and defending businesses accused of competing unfairly or misappropriating another’s trade secrets, as well as advising businesses on how to reduce the risks associated with hiring a competitor’s employees.
We have represented businesses in nearly every industry, of every size and structure, in state and federal courts across the country. We have experience in arbitral forums, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Our familiarity with industry-specific issues, state and federal rules, and the unique needs of businesses on both sides of the table enables us to help clients quickly determine and initiate effective, appropriate responses to emerging situations.
The Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Team is cost-conscious. In order to give your business as much certainty as possible, the team has developed budgeting tools to assist it in providing informed budgets and estimates. The team also looks for ways to build efficiencies. For example, it has used its substantial resources and experiences to build template agreements and forms from which its members can work, saving you time and money. It has also pre-negotiated flat rates with computer forensic vendors so that you know how their work will affect your bottom line.