Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition

With the continuing evolution of technology, electronic storage of business information, and the increasingly mobile nature of communications, the protection of trade secrets and proprietary business information becomes increasingly challenging and ever more critical for businesses. Belcher Fitzgerald’s trade secrets attorneys have significant experience with issues surrounding the protection of trade secrets. This includes litigating and advising clients on drafting covenants not to compete and non-disclosure agreements; adopting policies to protect trade secrets and confidential business information; and pursuing unfair competition and fiduciary duty claims and statutory issues under state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes such as Mass G. L. c. 93A and the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act against former employees and competitors who obtain and/or seek to use such information for competitive advantage.

Our employment recruitment attorneys stay abreast of how courts in various jurisdictions are interpreting and enforcing trade secrets claims and agreements and can offer practical advice not only in litigating contested matters, but in assisting companies with multiple locations in drafting employment policies and agreements to withstand scrutiny across the full footprint of their operations.

Given the business-critical nature of issues arising from employee defections and misuse or misappropriation of trade secrets, these matters frequently involve prosecuting or defending emergency applications for injunctive relief, requests for expedited discovery, and damages claims. In addition to being able to offer our own experienced counsel in Massachusetts, New York and the Northeast, we also have a broad network of relationships nationwide which allows us to quickly analyze a situation anywhere it occurs, coordinate strategy with trusted and knowledgeable local counsel, and immediately set about protecting your important interests wherever they arise.



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