Trade Secret Counseling & Litigation


Whether You Are The Owner Of Trade Secrets Or Accused Of Misusing Them, We Can Help Protect Your Rights

A trade secret is information that derives actual or potential value from not being known to the public and that is subject to reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy. A trade secret can consist of formulas, patterns, compilations, programs, devices, methods, techniques, or processes. In fact, trade secret protection can cover everything from microchip design to religious practices. Some of the most famous examples of trade secrets include the formula for Coca-Cola and the algorithms behind Google’s search engine. However, information does not need to be famous for it to warrant trade secret protection. In fact, many valuable trade secrets are valuable precisely because the public does not know about them.

Every state allows an owner of a trade secret to seek legal relief when that trade secret has been disclosed or used without authorization. Moreover, nearly every state has adopted a version of the Uniform Trade Secret Act, which was originally published by the Uniform Law Commission in 1979. This act sets forth specific requirements and procedures that are unique to trade secret claims.

Because trade secret cases are a particularized area of intellectual property law, attorneys who deal with trade secrets must be familiar with the procedural and substantive nuances of misappropriation claims. As an example, it is crucial to any misappropriation claim that the plaintiff, at an initial stage of the lawsuit, identifies the information claimed to have been misappropriated with reasonable particularity.

Kronenberger Rosenfeld regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret litigation. Our trade secret cases have covered matters ranging from banking data, to hardwood manufacturing techniques, to teaching methods, to customer lists. If you have a trade secret matter, contact us at (415) 955-1155, ext. 120, or submit your matter using our online case submission form.


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  • Represented the nation’s top retailer of ink and toner products in a lawsuit against a former employee who took trade secrets and disclosed them to her new employer who was a direct competitor of our client.
  • Defended an ex-employee of an affiliate marketing ad network accused of misappropriating the trade secrets of his former employer.
  • Represented a leading online flooring manufacturer and retailer in a lawsuit alleging trade secret claims against a group of former employees who misappropriated the client’s proprietary floor manufacturing processes and started a competing venture.
  • Represented a major advertising network in a trade secret dispute with several former employees who formed competing network using the client’s trade secrets. Our firm resolved the case in the client’s favor through the entry of a consent judgment.




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