Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Attorneys in San Diego, CA
Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
Trade secret and unfair competition laws serve to protect those assets which give a business a competitive advantage and that a business takes reasonable precautions to protect. Trade secret law can protect a variety of ideas, including those that may not be patentable. Typical examples would include customer lists, secret recipes, secret chemical processes, product sourcing lists, lists of telephone numbers and business contacts.
A trade secret can last indefinitely, so long as reasonable precautions are taken to protect it as such. However, if someone exposes the secrets by “reverse engineering” or other fair means, a business can lose the right to prevent others from using the technology.
Based in San Diego, California, Buche & Associates, P.C. can help your business devise steps to protect intellectual property rights to non-patented, although valuable technologies. If litigation develops, we can represent your interests in any dispute involving unfair competition, misappropriation of confidential information, or trade secret theft. In litigation, the issues are generally whether the information was truly “secret,” whether precautions were taken to protect information as proprietary, whether there were any unfair actions of the defendant, and establishing and proving the proper measure of damages.