The most valuable assets of a company typically include its intellectual property and confidential information, and the employees entrusted with this information. Both IP and employees can be highly mobile. Our clients range from early stage companies to large multinationals, but have one thing in common: the need to protect their valuable intellectual property.
Morrison & Foerster regularly advises clients on how to protect against the theft of their IP from both external and internal threats by implementing trade secret protection and information security programs. Often, trade secret protection includes employee agreements or proprietary information agreements with restrictive covenants (e.g., non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements).
In today's global economy, we assist clients in tailoring the appropriate restrictive covenants under laws which vary widely by state and international jurisdictions.
With the proliferation of technology in the workplace, we also train clients to design and implement effective information security programs and policies to prevent intentional or inadvertent loss of data.
When emergencies arise, our team of trade secret litigators have the experience to handle any trade secret matter. Clients turn to us when faced with trade secret issues because the stakes are so high. Our litigators are often in court seeking or defending against emergency relief including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.
Our lawyers frequently appear before juries, judges, and arbitrators to try cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, restrictive covenants, employee raiding, customer raiding, and departures of key employees.
Our team has litigated some of the most significant trade secret cases in California and the U.S. In 2018, The Legal 500 US recognized us for our cutting-edge work in the area of trade secrets.
We have recently handled trade secret matters for Accenture, Adobe Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Hansen Medical, and Konami Digital Entertainment.
The Recorder Three IP Litigators named 2012 Attorney of the Year by The Recorder.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2015 National: IP Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) National: Patent Law (Tier 1) Los Angeles: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Patent Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: IP Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Patent Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: IP Litigation (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Patent Litigation (Tier 1)
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2015 China: Foreign Firms Hong Kong Japan: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Legal 500 US 2018 Trade Secrets
IAM Patent 1000 2016 California: Litigation (Gold) California: Transactions(Highly Recommended) California: Prosecution Hong Kong: Litigation & Transactions International Japan: Litigation and Licensing (Highly Recommended) National: Transactions National: Litigation Washington D.C.: Litigation
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