Trade Secrets

In a business environment defined by technological innovation and competition, some of the world’s most sophisticated companies turn to Weil to obtain redress when their trade secrets are stolen or to defend against such claims. We are a proven, go-to firm from pre-litigation counseling through appeal, regardless of the forum or subject matter.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

80+ lawyers across five practices provide expertise on trade secrets matters.
  • Holistic, Cross-Disciplinary Approach. Our use of integrated teams across the Complex Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property and IP Transactions practices allows us to provide robust trade secrets expertise, handling issues from employment law to high technology. When a trade secrets dispute arises, steps need to be taken in hours and days, not weeks or months, and getting the right team and right strategy in place quickly is often the difference between winning and losing. We have a proven track record from the preliminary injunction stage through trial and appeal.
  • Geographic Footprint. Weil partners with clients on complex trade secrets issues regardless of the nature of the transaction, venue for the litigation, or headquarters of the client. We offer a presence in the traditional hotbeds where trade secrets and related IP and employment issues are frequently litigated, including California, New York, and Texas. We also offer these capabilities in many of our international offices. This presence allows us to efficiently handle the most complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and navigate the often conflicting state laws governing trade secrets disputes.
  • Extensive Counseling and Investigations Experience. In addition to handling high stakes trade secrets litigations in the courtroom, our experience conducting internal investigations and pre-litigation counseling is equally vital. Taking the steps to identify and protect your most valuable assets helps avoid the loss of trade secret protection. We provide pre-dispute counseling thoroughly, discretely and expeditiously, and regularly advise and train clients on issues relating to implementation of best practices and to maximize trade secret protection. With our integrated approach, we also help companies navigate the confluence of non-compete and restrictive covenants issues, contract and investment disputes, and patent or other IP issues which overlay many trade secret disputes.
  • Sophisticated Understanding of Complex Technology. Clients rely on Weil’s deep bench of Intellectual Property attorneys, many with advanced science and engineering degrees, to navigate trade secret disputes involving complex, cutting-edge technology. Drawing on patent, transactional and general IP expertise across different technologies, we are able to quickly assess technological issues, understand the tensions involving trade secret protections and patent disclosures, and provide nuanced advice within the broader business context.

Selected Representations

Lexar Media, Inc.

Alliant Insurance Services

Liquidating Trust for Excite@Home

MasterCard

Marsh & McLennan

HMS Holdings

Hudson’s Bay Company

Intrepid Solutions and Services

Specialized Technology Resources

Elite Model Management

Key Contacts

Christopher Cox

Christopher J. Cox

Partner

Silicon Valley


Jeffrey S. Klein

Jeffrey S. Klein

Partner

New York


Paul Genender

Paul R. Genender

Partner

Dallas

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Clients look to Weil to protect their interests in disputes which threaten their most important product lines or growing revenue streams. The firm’s enviable squad of lawyers marry trial skill and technical dexterity in a potent blend which has scored them some notable victories.”

IAM Patent 1000 2015

[Weil] constructs attorney teams on a national level that provide highly tailored advice to address very specific types of claims or combinations of issues. The result is a premier level of service that very few firms can match.”

Legal 500 US: Litigation – Trade Secrets

Silicon Valley-based Christopher Cox is “recommended because of his deep trade secrets experience and history of success handling large, multi-jurisdictional disputes. He brings a great deal of subject matter expertise along with an understanding of technology, litigation strategy, crisis management, forensics and e-discovery.”

Legal 500 US: Litigation – Trade Secrets

“Recommended” lawyer Jeffrey Klein is recognized for his “tremendous experience.”

Legal 500 US: Litigation – Trade Secrets

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