Trade Secrets


Protecting Your Company’s Valuable Information


At Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, we help clients identify and protect their confidential, proprietary information and know-how through trade secret advising, enforcement and litigation. Competing for market share is tough in today`s business environment of constant technological change and innovation. A company`s unique difference might exist in the form of a business process, product design, methods and techniques for manufacturing, a written manual or even a customer list. We work closely with our clients on creating strategies, systems and procedures to ensure sensitive company secrets remain just that—secret.

We also help clients reevaluate whether certain trade secrets still have value and determine when ideas and information warrant protection via patent, copyright or other intellectual property strategies.

Trade Secret Services:

    • Identify and define trade secrets
    • Assess whether confidential business information that may not qualify for trade secret protection can and should be protected under patent, copyright, or other intellectual property law
    • Counsel on best practices toward maintaining the value and secrecy of trade secrets
    • Design and implement information security plans, procedures, and policies to protect trade secrets
    • Develop trade secret management programs, and advise on how to strategically administer, license, and realize the value of trade secrets, alone or in connection with a broader IP portfolio
    • Provide training for in-house legal, technical and business professionals
    • Draft nondisclosure, confidentiality and non-compete agreements with employees and third parties
    • Formulate policies and procedures to help prevent trade secret theft by former, current and future employees
    • Prepare agreements for the license or sale of trade secrets
    • Due diligence clean-room review of trade secrets for sale or purchase of a business
    • Litigate trade secret misappropriation cases before state courts, federal courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and arbitration panels
    • Conduct internal audits and investigations regarding trade secret misappropriation