Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets
Trade secrets can be among the most valuable intellectual property in a company, reflecting cutting edge innovations, competitive advantage and the contributions of key personnel. Duane Morris attorneys work tirelessly and creatively to protect, maintain and enforce their clients’ trade secret rights and to vigorously defend them against claims for trade secret misappropriation across a range of industries and technologies, including among others, Internet and e-commerce, data storage, software, video games, aerospace, satellites, genetics, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, tamper resistant seals, cosmetics, energy, oil and gas, chemical, e-cigarettes, power amplifiers, financial services, paper, aluminum casting, construction and the food industry. Our team consists of accomplished intellectual property, trial and employment lawyers who collaborate to handle and resolve trade secret issues and allegations when they arise, and to prevent and preempt them where feasible.
Duane Morris’ trade secret attorneys advise and counsel clients on best practices for trade secret protection and enforcement, and conduct and direct pre-litigation trade secret investigations using experienced professionals and cutting edge forensic tools.
Members of the Trade Secrets practice group have litigated, arbitrated and mediated trade secret cases internationally and in state and federal jurisdictions across the United States, representing clients from start-ups to established global players in their industries. The team has extensive experience prosecuting and defending claims asserted under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, including California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act which has unique provisions impacting the enforcement and defense of trade secret actions. The group has also litigated claims for common law misappropriation and claims under theories relating to non-statutory proprietary information.
Duane Morris attorneys regularly seek and obtain emergency injunctive relief to preserve evidence and prevent dissemination of trade secrets. While Duane Morris attorneys are often able to resolve trade secret claims through dispositive motions or on favorable settlement terms, they are always prepared for and do not hesitate to take a case to verdict when that is in the client’s best interest.