Trade Secrets

We understand trade secret law, and can advise you on how to protect your valuable rights from misuse by competitors, employees, and others. Whether you are a startup company, venture capitalist, or established corporation, we can assist you with your trade secret needs. Part and parcel to trade secret protection includes conducting a trade secret audit, and drafting confidentiality/employee agreements. We can also provide you with strategies for exit interviews when employees leave or are terminated.

It is also important to assess the relative advantages of establishing and maintaining trade secrets over other types of protection such as patents.

Call one of our Orange County intellectual property attorneys to discuss the pros and cons of trade secrets as opposed to other such forms of IP protection.

If your company utilizes proprietary software, it may be a good idea to protect your business with a trade secret. Often, software applications developed for in-house use are not easily patentable because of obviousness issues. Nevertheless, these types of applications can be protected utilizing trade secret law. This enables you to protect yourself from competitors that may otherwise try to acquire your information to gain an advantage.