Intellectual Property Lawyers
Beck & Thomas lawyers, located in the Pittsburgh, PA region, practice exclusively in intellectual property law. Our intellectual property attorneys have over 40 years of combined legal experience in helping businesses protect their valuable trade secrets.
Trade Secrets are Valuable Intellectual Property
Often, a company's most valuable intellectual property isn't found in patents, copyrights, or trademarks, but in private and secret information held by the company and the company's employees. This information is called trade secrets and must be protected. Trade secrets include new and existing product information, customer and supplier relationships, business processes, business plans, and other proprietary information.
Beck & Thomas Attorneys Work to Protect Trade Secrets
Beck & Thomas attorneys work with businesses to develop policies and procedures to protect trade secrets and prepare the groundwork for strong protection of your trade secrets, including litigation if needed.
Our services include the drafting and review of all documents relating to trade secrets, including employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and evaluation agreements. Beck & Thomas further can provide assistance in evaluating, selling or licensing trade secrets.
Typical Pittsburgh-Area Clients' Trade Secret Legal Issues
A valuable employee has walked out with my client list or other secrets.
Beck & Thomas will work with you to evaluate the strength of the trade secret. Due to the importance of trade secrets to your business, immediate action may be required. This may include sending a cease-and-desist letter, requesting a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction against using or disclosing the trade secrets.
How can I protect my confidential information?
The intellectual property lawyers at Beck & Thomas can work with your business to make sure that policies are in place to protect your valuable trade secrets. We will evaluate existing policies and make recommendations for new ones, including keeping trade secrets truly secret, restricting access to secrets, and putting in place agreements with employees, contractors and vendors to legally bind them to using the secrets only for allowed purposes.
I'm being threatened with a lawsuit from an employee's previous employer.
Beck & Thomas will evaluate the merits of the claim and then discuss your options with you, including sending a letter, negotiating a settlement, filing suit for a declaratory judgement or other measures to ensure your defense and prepare for successful litigation if needed.