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Trade Secrets

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In an ever competitive market place, protecting trade secrets from internal and external threats is increasingly essential to our clients' success. Trade secrets often represent the distinguishing information, technology or competitive edge that drive a company's business opportunities and a market place advantage developed at substantial expense of time and capital. Alston & Bird attorneys are experts at protecting this form of intellectual property from misappropriation and misuse. We counsel and advise clients on the best practices to identify and protect information that may constitute a valuable trade secret, and have substantial experience enforcing trade secret rights in both civil and criminal forums, including state and federal courts, as well as before the International Trade Commission.

Our intellectual property lawyers have substantial experience in swift actions to enjoin misappropriation through temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions and are familiar not only with protection of trade secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act adopted by many states, but also under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which affords a federal forum for matters involving trade secret theft involving unauthorized computer access.

We also have a depth of knowledge in successfully representing individuals and companies alleged to have misappropriated trade secrets. Our lawyers are skilled in the unique procedural aspects of trade secret litigation, which put our clients in the best position of defending themselves and may provide an opportunity to seek early resolution of the claims. Should the matter proceed, our lawyers rely upon our proven track record of good results in both bench and jury trials.