Protecting Your Company’s Valuable Information
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.
At Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, we help clients identify and protect their confidential and/or trade secret information and know-how through trade secret audits, advising, licensing, and litigation. We also help clients reevaluate whether certain confidential information and/or 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
- Conduct training sessions for your employees on best practices
- 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 deter and 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