Trade Secret Litigation

Robinson+Cole's Intellectual Property Litigation Team is led by trial lawyers with extensive experience litigating trade secret and computer crimes cases throughout the nation.

    • Experience
      • Trade Secret Misappropriation

      • Defense of former employee in lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of noncompetition agreement. Plaintiff dismissed claims on eve of trial.

      • Obtained preliminary injunction precluding former employee from competing with our client and using our client's trade secrets.

      • Represented defendant employer in a frequently-cited noncompetition case. Successfully shielded our client from repeated motions seeking to prevent defendant from working for our client.

      • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a management consulting and research company in a trade secret misappropriation action brought against former employees who left to start a competing business.
      • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a provider of financial data and analytics in an action brought to enforce the confidentiality provisions in a stock option agreement and clawback monies realized from the exercise of such options after an employee left to join a competitor.
      • Obtained a settlement in a trade secret misappropriation case brought by the successful bidder for intellectual property sold at a bankruptcy auction against the buyer of the debtor’s assets at said auction.
      • Prosecution of an action on behalf of a digital media company against an ex-employee accused of violating a noncompete and confidentiality agreement.
      • Representation of client in a fraud, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contract case in federal court that involved parallel processing computer technology used for speech recognition applications.

      • Other Experiences

      • Represented client after its exclusive sales representative went to work for its main competitor. Suit brought based on, inter alia, a covenant not to compete, the misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, and interference with contractual and advantageous relations. Obtained a preliminary injunction and settled the case.
    • News
      • November 1, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives 34 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and Three National Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers Survey

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      • October 21, 2013

        Super Lawyers® Names 61 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2013 List

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • June 22, 2010

        William J. Kelleher III Receives “40 Under 40” Award

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      • May 19, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Presents to Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services on Proposed Noncompetition Agreement Act

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      • May 10, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Quoted on Massachusetts Bill Aimed to Change State's Noncompete Landscape

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      • April 6, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Lectures on Noncompetition Agreements at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management

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      • March 2, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Publishes Articles on Trade Secrets Audits and Assignability of Noncompetition Agreements

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      • January 4, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Partner Quoted on International Agreement to Bolster Intellectual Property Enforcement

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Federal Circuit Extends Patent Term in Certain Cases" (02/18/2014)

      "Patent Reform Becomes Law: Highlights of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored by Nuala E. Droney and Andrea Donovan Napp (October/November 2012)

      "Drawing the Line Between Descriptive and Suggestive Trademarks," published in Commercial & Business Litigation, co-authored by Edward J. Heath and John M. Tanski, a newsletter of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation (Fall 2010)

      "Can You Keep a Secret? Why Now Is the Time for a Trade Secrets Audit," published in Connections: Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Newsletter (2/2010)

      "States divided over asset purchases and non-competes," published in New England In-House, more details (1/2010)

      "The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: An Overview and Discussion of a Recent First Circuit Case," at Boston Bar Assocation (3/11/2008)

      "Is an Employer Liable When Its Sales Employee Breaches a Noncompetition or Nonsolicitation Agreement with a Former Employer?" published in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2007)

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