San Diego Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Attorney
Trade secrets and associated business practices have supplemented or replaced non-compete agreements as one of the best protections against the risk of an employee, supplier or even customer using your proprietary information and processes to compete against you in California.
While your company’s trade secrets constitute one of your most valuable business assets they cannot be registered for protection as intellectual property in California. It is therefore important to establish enforceable procedures to identify and protect your company’s trade secrets. The Watkins Firm has decades of experience serving the San Diego business community. We can help your business to establish and implement the strategies necessary to protect customer and supplier data, intellectual property and other important assets and pursue those who have used the misappropriation of trade secrets to gain a competitive advantage against you and your organization.
What is Considered to be a Trade Secret in California?
Many experienced business professionals do not completely or accurately understand the genuine nature of what the law identifies as a “trade secret.” Some may be obvious such as the recipe to a major cola, or how to prepare fried chicken. However, for most companies this concept relates to proprietary internal information such as:
- Customer and Supplier Lists
- Costs, Contracts and Strategies
- Marketing Processes and Vehicles
- Technical and Industry Specific Knowledge
- Correspondence Including E-Mails
- Equipment, Products and Processes
How Can Your Business Protect Against Misappropriation of Trade Secrets?
A company’s proprietary or trade secret information must be clearly established in its employee handbooks, workplace and HR documentation, as well as any employment contracts between the company and its employees.
Once this foundational basis is in place, ongoing efforts and consistent action must be taken to protect the security, limited access and integrity of the information, and to educate employees on the nature of the data and how it is to be handled and applied.
It is important to note that your company’s proprietary information must be set apart, clearly identified and controlled. There must be consistent internal communications and ongoing education as to the nature of internal trade secret information and the procedures associated with protecting it before, during and after leaving the company’s employ.
These protections should also be extended, when appropriate, to relationships with suppliers and customers alike.
San Diego Attorneys to Protect and Pursue the Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
A well-conceived and executed trade secret strategy is one of the most effective tools to prevent an employee from leaving the company to compete against you. Watkins Firm attorneys work with our clients to establish the processes and procedures necessary to establish trade secret protections. If an employee, contractor, supplier or customer misappropriates your trade secrets and attempts to use them to compete against you we can put a stop to it, and recover monetary damages for the impact that action has made upon your business.
Learn more about California law, unfair competition and its implications for non-compete agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets strategies. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 to speak with one of our attorneys for a free consultation.
We will discuss your unique business, review existing documentation and processes, and develop a strategy to protect the integrity of your business and secure the proprietary information that gives you the competitive edge.