Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets

In today's rapidly evolving business environment, trade secrets and proprietary information have critical value; this information can be the life-blood of a business. It is essential for all businesses--whether large companies or individual entrepreneurs--to know how to identify these assets and to create and implement programs to protect their trade secrets and proprietary information both internally and from competitors.

At Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, we understand that the best way to protect trade secrets is to adopt and implement measures to prevent their disclosure. The attorneys in our Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets practice group work as active members of our clients' teams to help identify trade secrets and proprietary information in their businesses. We also work closely with our clients to prepare policies and draft agreements to protect trade secrets and proprietary information from disclosure that might otherwise provide an unfair advantage to their competition.

When litigation is necessary, the trial attorneys in Ryley Carlock's Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets practice understand that prompt action is essential to ensuring a company's survival. Our attorneys are regularly called upon to enforce and defend actions involving the misappropriation of confidential, proprietary and trade secret information, unfair competition, and the breach of noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.

Our recent representations have included:

  • Advising clients on the creation and implementation of programs to identify, track and secure trade secrets and proprietary information;

  • Drafting employment, contractor and other business agreements designed to assist small business clients in various industries to obtain and enforce the necessary intellectual property rights to own trade secrets and proprietary information created for their businesses;

  • Enforcing restrictive covenants and trade secrets claims against former employees of our national broker-dealer clients; and

  • Defending a new employer against restrictive covenants and trade secrets claims brought by an employee's former employer.

The attorneys in our firm's Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets practice area understand that each client's situation requires individual attention and advice. Our attorneys also understand that litigation may not always be the best solution for a particular business, and we actively work with clients to resolve disputes through settlement agreements and other negotiated arrangements whenever possible. However, we know that some situations require immediate action to protect valuable business assets, and we stand ready to bring our extensive skill and experience to bear to assist our clients.

Please contact us for more information about the Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Practice area and how you can utilize our experience to benefit your business.

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