If you are concerned that your trade secrets have been stolen, or you have been accused of stealing trade secrets, call our office for a free in person appointment to discuss your case. We do not charge to review a client's case.
In a trade secrets case it is important to quickly respond to claims of trade secret misappropriation. If you are the plaintiff in a trade secrets case, you must move quickly to obtain court assistance in restraining additional use or disclosure of the trade secrets. If you are the defendant in a trade secrets case, you will probably be served with a temporary restraining order that can shut down your business.
To be afforded the protection of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the information has to actually be a secret, and a company must make reasonable efforts to keep their information secret.
A trade secret means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from it disclosure or use and is subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
The use of a trade secret does not automatically constitute misappropriation. For a trade secret to be considered misappropriated, it must have been obtained wrongfully and then used in a manner that damages the owner of the trade secret. What constitutes "wrongfully" covers a lot of legal ground.
The attorneys at Business Law Group are experienced in litigating the complex area of trade secret cases. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney about your case. (760) 431-7771.