Oftentimes, a client’s intellectual property portfolio will include information that should remain undisclosed for competitive reasons. This information, called trade secrets, runs counter to the ideals behind the U.S. patent system, namely, rewarding inventors for disclosing such information. However, trade secrets remain an important part of many clients’ protectable assets. Misappropriation of trade secrets often occurs when employees leave a company or when founding members of a company start an independent business venture and take trade secrets with them in order to gain an advantage. Our attorneys can assist with protecting trade secrets before a misappropriation occurs as well as helping to remedy a misappropriation that may have already occurred.