Trade Secret and Unfair Competition

We represent clients in actions involving unfair trade practices, unfair competition, and violations of non-competition and nondisclosure agreements. We also advise clients on the preparation and negotiation of nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, and we represent clients in trade secret misappropriation disputes and litigation.

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Successful defense of Korean MMORPG game developer in trade secrets and copyright claims. Matter settled on favorable terms.

Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction for our client, a leading provider of specialty tax software, to prevent a competitor from misappropriating our client’s trade secrets, using our client’s software to check the accuracy of its own computer programs, and interfering or causing others to interfere with our client’s contractual relationships.

Successful defense of departing employees from major public consulting company against claims of misappropriation of trade secret, breach of restrictive covenant and breach of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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Unfair Competition

Represented principals of financial service consulting firm in action based on alleged raiding of employees and clients. Action settled on very favorable terms that permitted our client’s firm to continue servicing its clients and following its growth plan.

Successfully defended a celebrity designer against claims that he violated a purported non-competition agreement.

Le 30 juillet 2018, la loi n°2018-670 relative à la protection du « secret des affaires », qui transpose la directive 2016/943 (« Directive européenne »), a été promulguée, après avoir fait l’objet d’un examen par le Conseil constitutionnel.  Lire plus.

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Paris partner Loïc Henriot and associate Magalie Jullien review the new French law regarding the protection of trade secrets in their latest C&G Client Alert:

On July 30, 2018, the French law n°2018-670 regarding the protection of trade secrets (the “Law”), implementing the Directive 2016/943 (the “European Directive”), was promulgated after being examined by the French Constitutional Council (Conseil constitutionnel).  Read more.

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Recently, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA").  Under the DTSA, an owner of a misappropriated trade secret may bring a federal civil action if the trade secret is "related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce." There are many aspects of this new law of which businesses should be aware, but three are worth special attention. Click 'view' to read more.