Litigating Trade Secrets and Patents: When, Where, Who, Why and Other Questions You Were Afraid to Ask

July 23, 2019

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) resulted in an increase in trade secret claims in the last three years. Separately, while there had been a slowdown in patent litigation claims during that same time period, the last several months have seen a significant uptick in filings. Thus, it is clear that both trade secrets and patents play increasingly important roles in today’s technology-centric economy. Understanding the protections afforded by your IP and unique issues in enforcing that IP in litigation are critical to maintaining your company’s competitive advantage. Relatedly, whether as a plaintiff or a defendant, planning ahead for a possible IP lawsuit and understanding the unique legal and factual issues that might arise will assist your company’s ability to minimize expense and burden when involved in litigation.

Among the topics to be covered are:

  • What is a trade secret and how is it different from a patent?
  • Timing considerations in filing lawsuits for misappropriation of trade secrets and patent infringement
  • Availability of challenges to the IP
  • Different litigation strategies for different types of IP
  • Setting up for success – prepare for the lawsuit before it happens

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Speakers: Michael Dorfman, Member, Chicago; Victor Johnson, Member, Dallas; Michael Adams, Member, Austin

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