Vigilant Lawyers Protecting Your Business Interests
Rapid changes in technology, coupled with the ability to electronically capture and transmit information in a matter of milliseconds, are making it increasingly difficult to keep trade secrets and confidential information private.
At Barney & Karamanis, LLP, we understand that protecting your trade secrets and confidential information is critical in maintaining your competitive advantage/edge over competitors. However, we also recognize that even the soundest safeguards and security policies may be compromised by improper means, such as breach of a duty to maintain secrecy, theft, bribery and/or espionage. Unless there is an immediate and decisive legal response, trade secret misappropriation by former employees or third parties can cause enormous loss of value to your company. We can contribute to the success of your company’s business model by assisting you to develop comprehensive protection plans that preempt and defend against trade secret misappropriation.
Our attorneys work diligently to prosecute and protect you against those businesses or individuals who improperly handle proprietary information, violate nondisclosure agreements, improperly solicit customers or remove electronic data from businesses, or raid employees. We similarly work aggressively to defend our clients against such allegations, because we understand the frustrating effects that can occur when trade secret misappropriation, computer fraud, breach of contract, and business tort allegations are wrongfully alleged. We also consider contingency agreements for these matters on a case-by-case basis. We are prepared to assist you in the following areas:
- Trade secret misappropriation
- Unfair and deceptive trade practices
- Restrictive covenants
- Contract disputes
- Commercial litigation risk management
- Nondisclosure agreement disputes
How We Can Help You
Our attorneys can help identify and protect your proprietary information and litigate in instances of alleged misappropriation of proprietary information. We work to defend aggressively our clients against such allegations because we understand the potential damage to their reputations that can occur when trade secret infringement allegations arise. Our services include but are not limited to:
- Counseling: We can assist you in developing and implementing trade secret protection plans, which invariably involves the use of nondisclosure agreements signed by company executives and employees.
- Litigation: We can handle trade secret ligation in state and federal courts throughout Illinois, New York and California, and we have experience with international trade and transactions.