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Trade Secret and Non-Compete Disputes

The need to protect a company’s human and non-tangible assets from unfair competition is an increasing reality in today’s business world. With just a few clicks of a button or plugging in a flash drive, an employee or third party can download, copy or forward a company’s most valuable information. Gentry Locke is experienced in assisting employers who are faced with not only issues regarding the protection of their trade secrets but also the issues that arise when hiring a key employee from a competitor. Our Employment Practice Group helps clients respond quickly and decisively regarding matters that involve misappropriation of trade secrets, unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information, customer and employee raiding, and violations of covenants not to compete. We can assist in the following areas:

  • Preparing agreements to restrict unfair competition and to prevent the pirating of customers
  • Advising companies on the steps necessary to protect confidential information and to maintain such information so that it is qualifies as a trade secret, including preparing nondisclosure agreements
  • Conducting investigations in conjunction with forensic experts to discover whether a potential misappropriation has occurred
  • Analyzing risks and implementing strategies when hiring industry employees with restrictive covenants
  • Litigating non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants
  • Litigating claims involving trade secrets, computer crimes, fiduciary duty, tortious inference, business conspiracy and other unfair business practices

Further, when a business competitor challenges your actions, we also represent those accused of wrongful acts, including theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, violation of non-compete, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements, and other business torts.

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