With the rise in cybercrime and the recent passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, trade secrets have taken center stage. Defining the “IT” is never more important than when it comes to trade secrets. Because there is no trade secrets registration procedure at the State or Federal level, any effort to protect trade secret rights means identifying just what “ITs” give your company a competitive advantage.

Hahn Loeser has one of the preeminent trade secrets practices in the country, and is well positioned to help our clients develop creative ways to define, explain, protect or defeat the trade secrets “IT”. Our attorneys are recognized experts in the field and are frequently asked contribute to educational materials and to lecture on trade secrets at conferences around the U.S. and internationally. Our attorneys are thought leaders in the area of trade secrets, having served as the Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Section On Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition, the Chair of the Intellectual Property Association of Chicago (IPLAC) Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Committee and numerous other national and regional boards.

When a trade secret is threatened, you must act quickly. Our attorneys are experienced in obtaining Temporary Restraining Orders, Preliminary Injunctions, expedited discovery, impoundment orders, seizure orders and other means for ensuring that your trade secrets horse does not leave the proverbial barn.

With ever more ways to attack patent rights through litigation and post grant procedures at the Patent Office, we also can help guide you in identifying your valuable trade secrets assets and deciding best mode of protection for your innovations be it through trade secret or patent protection. We also are adept at preparing and advising clients on non-disclosure agreements, restrictive covenants, joint venture agreements, trade secrets audits and offensive and defensive competitive intelligence programs.