Prosecuting and Defending Matters
A company’s most valuable assets often include its intellectual property, and those employees entrusted with its intellectual property. Intellectual property protection is particularly important in California, Washington and Arizona. Buchalter has a deep bench of skilled trial lawyers who focus on prosecuting and defending trade secret and employee mobility matters.
Buchalter attorneys also handle multi-jurisdictional litigation matters involving companies that have hired out-of-state employees who are subject to restrictive covenants. We also represent parties seeking to enforce or defend against restrictive covenants that are incident to the sale of corporations, partnerships, and LLCs.
We represent employers who have been accused of trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and employee raiding.
Buchalter’s team has extensive experience litigating disputes under:
- The Uniform Trade Secrets Act
- The Defend Trade Secrets Act
- The Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code, section 17200
- California’s Business & Professions Code sections 16600 and 16601
- California’s intellectual property assignment provisions
- California Penal Code section 502
- California’s employee duty loyalty provisions
We also prepare and update non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property assignment provisions, and non-solicitation covenants. We advise clients on how to protect against the theft of their intellectual property from both external and internal threats. Our experience counseling companies across many industries and jurisdictions includes:
- Reviewing confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants;
- Counseling regarding the specifics and best practices to avoid trade secret misappropriation claims;
- Strategic counseling for hiring of a competitor’s employees; and
- Designing and implementing effective information security programs and policies to limit and prevent the loss of electronic data.