Trade Secret Litigation

Eaton & Van Winkle’s substantial trade secret litigation, licensing and transactional practice represents Fortune 500 companies, inventors and start-ups. We have represented companies in many industries, including the energy industry (shale oil processing), green technologies and wind power, pharmaceutical processing, semiconductor circuit board design, aircraft lighting displays, airbags and movable headlights for automobiles, aircraft fuselage and wing designs, Banbury mixers for comminuted rubber, motion picture lens designs, optical design wear for consumer use, video game software, laser barcode imaging, nuclear rods, uranium ore processing, monoclonal antibody sampling procedures, encryption technology, oil fractionation factory modeling, freeze-dried and freeze-concentrated coffee, desserts and other products, cosmetics, water purification pumping from the atmosphere and business confidential information of all sorts.

The evaluation and licensing work of a trade secrets lawyer at EVW covers a wide variety of industries with varying degrees of secrecy/sensitivity. In many cases such as above the only protection absent the standard intellectual property activities remains trade secret status. Our work further includes setting up the field characteristics of an ongoing business and making presentations on a regular basis to make sure trade secret status is maintained. Trade secret protection is a necessary function of every problem we handle. Our intellectual property and patent attorneys help evaluate whether a particular invention, product, or process should be patented or maintained as a trade secret. Trade secrets do not expire, but can be reversed-engineered, independently discovered, or inadvertently disclosed, resulting in the loss of protection. Eaton & Van Winkle capabilities in this area are more fully described in its Intellectual Property Group description.

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