Attorneys Handling Trade Secret Law

Trade secrets give your business its competitive edge – shouldn’t you protect them?

Patents vs. Trade Secrets

Should I patent my invention or keep it as a trade secret?  What are the differences between patents and trade secrets?  These are the types of questions that we regularly get asked from our clients.   According to the USPTO’s Trade Secret Policy, “trade secrets consist of information and can include a formula, pattern, compilation, […]

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Trade Secret Protection

What is a trade secret?  Do I (or my company) own any trade secrets?  If so, how do I enforce my trade secrets?  In order to answer these questions, it is very important to understand the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) and its various protections and obligations.  The DTSA creates a federal cause […]

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Technology Impacts on Trade Secret Litigation – YouTube Video

Continuing legal education YouTube video concerning the theft of trade secrets and technology with Michael Masri.

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Michigan Court Finds Sales Data Not a Trade Secret

     Matt: Hi, it’s Matt Plessner, and welcome back to Trade Secret Law Radio. Today we’re going to be speaking with Mark Clark, once again, from the Traverse Legal office. We’re going to hear some update on what is happening with Trade Secret Law. Mark, thanks for joining us again! Mark: Matt, it’s always my pleasure. Matt: Now Mark, what’s […]

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Is it a Trade Secret? How Do I Protect it?

 Trade secrets are often accompanies most important intellectual property assets. Too often, companies fail to protect their trade secrets in a way which will give them legal status. If you don’t treat your proprietary information, process, devices or formulas as secret, then the law will not recognize them as trade secrets. Matt:  Thank you for being […]

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How To Not Train Your Competitor

Matt: Hello, and thanks for tuning in to Trade Secret Law Radio. This is Matt Plessner, and for todays show, we are once again targeting business owners. Getting to the point where you expand your business and start hiring new people can be very exciting. But what if you train someone, and they split off […]

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Court Issues Injunction Against Employee For Trade Secret Violation

A Michigan court of appeals case, Actuator Specialties Inc v Chinavare, demonstrated the scope and breadth of the Michigan Uniform and Trade Secret Act remedies when it issued an injunction against an employee prohibiting that employee from working at a competitor after verifying a theft of important trade secret information. It is the first case […]

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Drafting Considerations in Trade Secret Agreements

Employers will want to carefully consider the use of trade secret prohibitions and restrictions in their employment agreements. Often times trade secret restrictions are incorporated into provisions in an employment agreement or a non-compete agreement with non-compete restrictions. Inartful drafting of a trade secret agreement can oftentimes work against an employer who is also attempting […]

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Trade Secret Protection under the Trade Secrets Act

What is a trade secret? A trade secret is anything within your business that is not generally known to the public, that’s not readily ascertainable, and that give you, your company, or your business an economic advantage or other advantage over your competitors.  And so a trade secret definition typically incorporates these various concepts.  That, […]

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Protecting Legitimate Business Interests

Well, a non-compete agreement, Matt, protects businesses. Most states in the country have indicated that in order for a non-compete agreement between an employer and an employee to be valid and enforceable, it must protect that business’s legitimate business interests.

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