Trade Secrets

Trade secret protection can serve as a valuable way to protect certain intellectual property rights. Trade secret protection can last indefinitely, and thus, trade secrets can offer an advantage over patent protection, which only lasts for a specifically limited period of time. However, through methods such as reverse engineering, trade secrets can also be lost. Our attorneys understand these complexities and rely on their experience and skill to tailor legal strategies that will afford the best possible intellectual property protection for each client.

In an increasingly competitive and global marketplace, the need for owners to keep their special knowledge out of the hands of competitors has never been greater. Our attorneys possess the technical expertise and legal acumen necessary to assist owners in accomplishing this goal. Through a variety of civil and commercial means, such as the employment of non-disclosure agreements and non-compete clauses, our attorneys creatively and adeptly craft successful strategies to ensure that special knowledge is fully protected.

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Subject Matter Conflicts in IP // October 2, 2014
John Steele, Esq., will give a presentation on Subject Matter Conflicts in IP. CLE will be applied for but is not guaranteed Read more

Expedited Examination // September 16, 2014
Jefferson Cheatham, attorney with Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, will give a presentation on Expedited Examination.  Lunch will be served. CLE will be applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Opens New Location in Delaware // September 10, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce its expansion of its Intellectual Property practice with the opening of a new Wilmington, Delaware office. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Announces New Location in Delaware // August 25, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce its expansion of its Intellectual Property practice with the opening of a new Wilmington office at the Applied Bank Center, 2200 Concord Pike, Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19803.  Read more

Panitch Schwarze Partner, Fred Tecce, discusses crackdown on IP theft from financial firms // July 24, 2014
Bloomberg Law and partner, Fred Tecce, discusse crackdown by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office on Intellectual Property theft from financial firms Read more

Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Recognized as “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2014 // July 10, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, Alan S. Nadel, and Clark A. Jablon have been ranked as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2014 Chambers & Partners USA Directory for the field of Intellectual Property. Read more

Inequitable Conduct: A Recap of Therasense and Subsequent CAFC Decisions // June 26, 2014
Summer Associate William Kaufmann will give a presentation on Inequitable Conduct. Lunch will be provided. CLE is being applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

Nine Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Pennsylvania "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" for 2014 // May 23, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald L. Panitch, William W. Schwarze, Martin G. Belisario, Alan S. Nadel and Frederick A. Tecce have been selected to the Pennsylvania "Super Lawyers" list as five of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2013. Read more

Australian and New Zealand Patent Law // May 14, 2014
Matt Adams, Partner with AJ Park in New Zealand, will hold a presentation on various updates in New Zealand and Australian patent law. Lunch will be served. CLE will be applied for but is not guaranteed Read more

Attorney Fred Tecce Discusses Heavy Metal Band Motley Crue Winning A Lawsuit // March 6, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belesario & Nadel attorney Fred Tecce discusses heavy metal band Motley Crue winning a trade secret lawsuit for their drum solo. Read more

Regulatory and Legal Hot Topics: How to Avoid Trade Secret Problems When you Change Jobs or When you Hire a New Employee // February 27, 2014
Fred Tecce, partner with Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP will discuss avoiding trade secret problems when changing jobs or hiring a new employee. Read more

Attorney Fred Tecce Discusses Lawsuits Over Claim That Budweiser Beer is Watered Down // February 24, 2014
Trademark attorney, Fred Tecce discusses Anheuser Busch's trade secrets lawsuit against former employee and the class action suit against Budweiser beer. Read more

From The Blog

May 28, 2014
Sierra Railroaded by Theft of Trade Secrets
On May 1, a federal jury in California awarded $17.4 million in punitive damages be paid by Patriot Rail Company LLC to Sierra Railroad Co. less than two months after awarding a $22.3 million verdict for misappropriation of trade secrets. The case stems from discussions in 2005 through which Patriot expressed interest in purchasing Sierra. […] Read more

April 9, 2014
Enforcing Trade Secrets in One Case May Void Trade Secrets in a Future Case: U.S. Court Voids $920 Million DuPont Award in Kevlar Case
On April 3, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a $919.9 million verdict awarded to DuPont in a theft of trade secrets action against Kolon Industries, Inc. The award was the third largest U.S. jury verdict in 2011. A new trial has been ordered. In 2009, DuPont sued Kolon over allegations that former employee […] Read more

April 1, 2014
Pennsylvania Judge Vacates $1.4 Million Trade Secret Verdict
On March 21, the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated a $1.4 million verdict in a trade secret case between Advanced Research System Inc. (“ARS”) and ColdEdge Technologies Inc., both of which manufacture and sell devices for low temperature scientific research. In 2008, ARS sued ColdEdge and its founders in the Lehigh Valley Court of Common Pleas […] Read more

March 26, 2014
Judge Expresses Concern over Indictment of Ex-Two Sigma Employee
As we previously reported, Kang Gao, a former analyst for Two Sigma Investments, was indicted in New York for 11 counts related to the theft of trade secrets. He is being held on $1 million bail. Two Sigma also sued Gao on civil charges stemming from the same alleged taking of information regarding Two Sigma’s […] Read more

March 20, 2014
PNC Sues Former Executive and Morgan Stanley Over Theft of Trade Secrets
On March 14, PNC Financial Services Group filed suit in the Western District of Pennsylvania against one of its former executives and Morgan Stanley Inc. over allegations of the theft of trade secrets. PNC alleges that Eileen Daly, a former senior vice president at PNC, along with three other PNC employees, obtained confidential customer information […] Read more

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