Trade Secret Protection & Litigation


In an era of increasingly sophisticated software tools and a rising incidence of corporate and even state-sponsored industrial espionage, a crucial part of protecting clients’ competitive assets involves helping to protect their confidential and proprietary information.

Members of Ulmer & Berne’s IP and Technology practice protect clients by:

  • We help clients understand the power of trade secrets and how to protect them, and assist them in understanding where the evolving line between fair and unfair competition should be drawn
  • Drafting restrictive covenants and other agreements that clarify and strengthen protection of trade secrets. These include non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements
  • Where necessary, litigating claims of unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation, bringing and defending such claims in federal and state courts, as well as in various arbitration forums throughout the country

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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