Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property Protection

Seattle Trade Secret and Intellectual Property Protection Attorneys

Trade secrets and intellectual property are at the heart and soul of many companies.  We help companies protect their trade secrets and, when they wish to monetize trade secrets through licensing, we advise companies of the most effective means of doing so based upon their strategic objectives.

Helping Businesses Protect Trade Secrets

Much of protecting trade secrets comes down to having enforceable confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with employees, contractors, and others who may be exposed to trade secret and confidential information.  Non-compete agreements with key employees having significant access to trade secret and confidential information is also helpful.

We assist companies by providing advice and counsel concerning best practices for trade secret protection, and by drafting:

  • Employment policies governing trade secrets and confidential and proprietary company information (which can include items such as customer lists)
  • Employment agreements for key managers and executives
  • Trade secret agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements for use with consultants, contractors, and other third parties.

Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants

Non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants must be drafted carefully so that they are likely to be upheld by courts while at the same time offering significant protection for legitimate company interests.  We explain this balance to clients so that they can seek the protection that is best for them.

Violations of Trade Secret and Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants

When a current or former employee, consultant, or other person having a contractual relationship with a company violates a trade secret, non-compete, or restrictive covenant, it’s important to take prompt legal action to protect company interests.  Often, such action involves seeking immediate injunctive relief.  We help companies in these situations by quickly advising as to the legal options available, and by taking all necessary action as directed by our clients.

To learn more about our trade secret and intellectual property protection practice and what actions your company may wish to consider to better protect intellectual property, please call us.