Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets Litigation

At no other time in history have trade secrets been so vital to the making or breaking of a company. Modern firms, from startups to multinationals, face new challenges daily, as the speed of information exchange itself accelerates to keep up with technology shifts, changing trends and competitive challenge. Yet, as swiftly as companies must exchange information to stay in the game, so may competitive advantages built on years of




Trade Secrets

As the global marketplace has expanded in size, the speed of communications has brought business closer together. Combined with an ever competitive marketplace and ever more mobile employees, the speed of business transactions and wide-spread dissemination of information has exceeded the even lofty expectations. With these changes have concurrently come both the need to protect corporate confidences, and the necessity to ward of hostile challenge. Protecting theft of trade secrets




Intellectual Property

IPLL’s intellectual property practice area includes attorneys and legal assistants with multiple decades of IP experience who have distinguished themselves in the profession. Holding advanced degrees and bringing years of industry experience in cutting-edge scientific disciplines, our counsel have represented clients throughout the world in IP procurement, prosecution, registration, licensing, technology transfer and litigation. As counsel, we are partners with high technology, life sciences and media corporations to secure and




Employee Access vs. Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

The Michigan District Court in Dana Limited v. American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings, Inc., 1:10-cv-00450 (W.D. Mich. Aug. 19, 2013) addressed an important aspect of a trade secret misappropriation claims, holding that the mere fact that a former employee had access to a valid trade secret does not necessarily mean that he or she misappropriated the trade secret just, by the act of accepting employment at a competing company. In May




Trade Secret and Contract Law

The Federal Circuit has recently articulated the position that a contractual agreement to transfer otherwise secret information will override trade secret protections that may be in place. The recent case on-point was Convolve, Inc. v. Compaq Computer Corp., No. 2012-1074, 2013 WL 3285331 (Fed. Cir. July 1, 2013), reaches back more than a decade to 1998, when MIT and Convolve sued a group of defendants for both trade secret misappropriation