Trade Secrets

Trade secrets protection extends to a wide array of confidential information and inventions that may fall short of patent or copyright protection, or which a company may choose to not copyright or patent for strategic reasons, including formulas, programs, compilations of information, programs, methods and processes, business strategies, and customer information. Our attorneys have represented plaintiffs and defendants in trade secrets disputes cases involving the California Uniform Trade Secret Act (“CUTSA”) and the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), and related statutes, such as the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) and its California counterpart, and related criminal statutes, in state in federal court—including several trials. We have a wealth of experience with the particular issues that arise in trade secrets case, such as pleading issues relating to CUTSA preemption, identification of trade secrets, protecting trade secrets in litigation, proving and disproving claims of misappropriation, defenses to trade secrets claims, employee mobility issues, proving or disproving misappropriation and reasonable efforts to keep proprietary information confidential, and trade secrets remedies.