Protection ForIntellectual Property

Patents, copyrights, and trademarks are well-known forms of protection for intellectual property, but some intellectual property is best protected by maintaining it as a trade secret. The attorneys at Summa PLLC have extensive experience in dealing with trade secret issues, and we understand the importance of ensuring that our clients’ assets are protected.

As defined by the USPTO, “To meet the most common definition of a trade secret, it must be used in business, and give an opportunity to obtain an economic advantage over competitors who do not know or use it.” A trade secret can take a variety of forms:

  • Formulas
  • Business Methods
  • Techniques
  • Designs
  • Algorithms

When maintaining a trade secret offers a company a competitive advantage, our attorneys guide our clients in understanding the rights granted by trade secret protection and best practices for keeping information as a trade secret. We counsel clients on enforcing their rights and help them navigate a variety of issues and transactions, including:

  • Drafting Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs)
  • Understanding reverse engineering
  • Explaining the Economic Espionage Act and the Defend Trade Secrets Act
  • Litigating to enforce trade secret protection
  • Defending against claims of trade secret misappropriation

Companies must respond to constant changes in the legal landscape pertaining to trade secrets and their enforcement. Since 2016, for example, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) has given American companies the option to protect against and remedy trade secret misappropriation in federal court in cases that previously would have been limited to state court. In addition to a broad, uniform definition of “trade secret,” the DTSA also establishes civil seizure provisions that are a powerful prophylactic tool to prevent further dissemination of proprietary information during the pendency of a DTSA case. Because of their breadth of experience, our attorneys can guide our clients in response to shifts in the law like the DTSA and can take advantage of rights and remedies in any legal arena.

Intellectual Property.It’s yours, your competitor’s, or everybody else’s. Summa PLLC protects yours.

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