Trade Secret Protection & Litigation


Why Choose Us

Your company’s trade secrets and intellectual property are among its most valuable assets. From customer lists and product designs to complex formulas, patterns, procedures, and plans, you have developed unique, intangible assets that help differentiate your company and allow it to operate and thrive. Our diverse team of technology-savvy attorneys understand the importance of the know-how of your business and the key role your trade secrets play in maintaining your competitive advantage.

Our approach is to learn the ins and outs of your business, working proactively with you to develop customized strategies to protect your confidential innovations and processes. It is our deep understanding of your technologies and methods that allows us to help you safeguard your trade secrets and vigorously defend your IP rights in disputes when they arise. Viewing your proprietary information through an IP lens, we recognize how your trade secrets fit into your larger IP portfolio and help you realize the full value of your intellectual assets.

“Ulmer’s team has made it their business to learn our business, and because they know our business so well, they are in a better position to give us valuable advice. One of the best things about working with Ulmer is that they have the expertise in-house to handle nearly any type of matter imaginable.”

– Client feedback from Chambers USA

Who We Assist

Our team counsels diverse companies in protecting their valuable trade secrets and varied technologies. This includes a sustainable agriculture technology startup, several leading software companies, a midsize manufacturer of chemical coatings, a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, and a Fortune 50 food company. We have also conducted dozens of reviews evaluating the protection of confidential information and trade secrets for a range of clients, from cutting-edge technology startups to international Fortune 500 companies.

What We Do

We help our clients understand the power of trade secrets, how they can be protected, and where the evolving line between fair and unfair competition should be drawn. In protecting and enforcing your confidential and proprietary information, our attorneys provide a range of useful services, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting careful audits to identify and inventory clients’ trade secrets, including interviewing key stakeholders and reviewing critical documents.
  • Evaluating employee and third-party relationships, security measures, and geographic considerations in developing best practices to protect confidential information and trade secrets.
  • Drafting, defending, and enforcing restrictive covenants and other agreements that clarify and strengthen the protection of trade secrets, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Litigating and defending claims of unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation through final trial on the merits and appeal in federal and state courts and arbitration forums across the country.
  • Obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions to protect clients’ confidential information from misappropriation.
  • Helping clients navigate contractual issues to ensure they are not violating others’ IP rights in developing new products or hiring new employees.

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Rachael L. Rodman was recently appointed as a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which is dedicated to establishing organizational focus around and executing programs based on diversity and inclusion. As one of IPO’s Management and...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Rachael L. Rodman was recently appointed as a Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Women in IP Committee, which seeks to promote the advancement of women in IP law and to increase the diversity of IPO’s membership. As Vice...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the election of four partners to the firm, effective January 1, 2019. This class of new partners includes accomplished attorneys from three of Ulmer’s offices who have diverse experience spanning multiple legal disciplines. “Through their hard work, determination, and dedication to providing...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to expand its Columbus office with the addition of Partner Rachael L. Rodman. Rodman is an accomplished litigator who concentrates her practice in the area of IP litigation, and has experience representing clients in a variety of cases involving patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret...

From Ulmer’s Broker-Dealer Law Corner Blog By Blaine F. Doyle I recently had to the opportunity to sit in on a talk from high ranking CFTC and SEC enforcement officials at a local bar association meeting. The purpose of the get together was, in part, to let industry folks and their lawyers...

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and, most notably, creates a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.  The DTSA received strong bipartisan support, passing unanimously in the...

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, almost unanimously – 410 to 2 – the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” (“DTSA”). The DTSA was previously approved by the U.S. Senate, and now heads to President Obama’s desk for signature. The President has praised DTSA and is expected...

“Michael Nathan Ungar | Ulmer & Berne LLP” Cleveland Jewish News January 15, 2015 Perennial Super Lawyer Michael Nathan Ungar considers settlement of a dispute embroiling Case Western University among his most memorable cases of 2014. Read the full article »

Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the addition of seasoned intellectual property attorney Paul M. Ulrich as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology practice. The practice has grown significantly throughout 2014, adding eight new members since January. Mr. Ulrich joins Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office from Dinsmore...

Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the addition of seasoned intellectual property attorney John X. Garred as Partner in the firm’s growing Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology practice, which has added seven new members since January of this year. Mr. Garred joins the firm from Tucker Ellis LLP, where he was...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is named to the BTI IP Honor Roll as described in the “BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation.” BTI Consulting is a leading provider of market research for professional service firms. The BTI IP Outlook 2015 combines a...

Ulmer & Berne LLP announced a significant expansion to its Intellectual Property & Technology Practice with the addition of patent litigator John F. Bennett as counsel in the firm’s Cincinnati office. Mr. Bennett, who joins Ulmer & Berne from Baker & Hostetler, adds depth to the Intellectual Property & Technology...

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