Not everything can be patented or can or should receive public, filed protection. Often business have valuable information, the so-called “secret sauce”, which include methods of doing business, contract pricing, customer and supplier lists and other things that give the business a competitive advantage. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig can counsel and work with business to make sure that information is protected – and even help determine which information should be secret – and which information should be registered, or in some cases – for example – some information can be both a trade secret and publicly registered. To stay competitive, you need to keep your distinguishing trade secrets, a secret through contracts, employment agreements, and often overlooked, business practices.

Our lawyers step up to enforce and protect client’s trade secrets. For decades, we have helped clients prevent, contain, and recover from trade secret leaks and disclosures. From reverse engineered products taken by former employees, to business plans, and source code we have both defended and prosecuted claims. Knowing and being intimately familiar with the law and jurisprudence in this specialized field while having a fully staffed, patent, copyright and trademark team to back us up, makes Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig the most efficient and effective team for your business trade secrets.

Unfair Competition and Deceptive Trade Practices

Likewise, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices, while a species of their own- relate closely to trade secrets litigation. These are often governed by statue and provide for enhanced damages. Often the most difficult part is proving something that the bad actor is intentionally trying to conceal. Our investigative team works hand in hand with our lawyers and can uncover and expose the unfair practices or equally defend against allegations.

We have successfully handled a myriad of cases including:

  • Fraud
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets by former employees
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Tortious interference
  • Employee solicitation
  • Breach of non-competition agreements