Trade Secret Attorneys
Under U.S. Federal law, a trade secret is defined as:
all forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information, including patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs, or codes, whether tangible or intangible, and whether or how stored, compiled, or memorialized physically, electronically, graphically, photographically, or in writing if
(A) the owner thereof has taken reasonable measures to keep such information secret; and
(B) the information derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable through proper means by, another person who can obtain economic value from the disclosure or use of the information.
Under Washington law (and in other states), a trade secret is defined as:
information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that
1. Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and
2. Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
Trade Secret Legal Services
We provide customer and business-specific counseling that takes all our clients’ needs into account. We match our counseling and trade secret strategies to each client’s specific goals, budgets, and timelines.
We advise and draft agreement contracts that define in detail how, where, and when the trade secrets may be shared with and used by others.
We recognize that information can be posted or shared instantly, so we help protect your trade secrets by advising how to abide by trade secret law and follow the steps to avoid leaks or unplanned exposure.
Review and Enforcement
We review the trade secret documentation, ensure that our clients will be treated fairly, and take appropriate action, including lawsuits, to ensure their secrets are properly protected.
The process of commercializing your ideas often includes licensing to others the right to use them. We will work with you to develop an appropriate and aggressive licensing program for your trade secrets and will negotiate the right for you to use others’ trade secrets when appropriate.