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Federal Trade Secret Attorney

United States Trade Secret Law Attorney

Protecting Trade Secrets for Clients in Florida and Nationwide

A trade secret is unique and exclusive knowledge created by the work of an individual or organization who also has a vested interest in keeping it secret. This knowledge is not generally known; nor is it easily obtainable by the general public. In 45 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands, the local laws are derived from the Federal Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). If you are involved in any type of dispute over trade secrets, it is important to have a strong intellectual property lawyer in your corner advocating for your best interests.

At Nelson Cyber Law, we have an in-depth understanding of trade secret law, and know the importance of protecting your proprietary knowledge and maintaining your competitive advantage. John Nelson has both a legal and technological background, and he understands many of the technical details of which others may overlook or not be aware. This type of knowledge can be the difference between success and failure in intellectual property cases.

Common Types of Trade Secrets

Nearly every organization has some type of knowledge that could be considered a trade secret. Some examples include:

  • Proprietary Processes, Techniques, or Methodology (e.g., production, marketing, distribution, or sales methods)
  • Algorithms
  • Formulas
  • Patterns
  • Devices
  • Instruments
  • Exclusive Information (e.g., supplier lists, client lists, and customer profiles)

To be considered a valid trade secret, the organization must make a reasonable effort to keep the knowledge confidential and out of the hands of competitors or the public.

In the online world, one of the best known examples of a trade secret is Google's search ranking algorithm. Google has dominated the search market for years, largely because of its tightly guarded algorithm that is believed to produce more relevant search results than its competitors. If a competitor was ever able to obtain the Google algorithm, it could immediately provide similar search results as Google. That would clearly be a major threat to the company's market dominance.

Protecting Your Trade Secrets

Your organization may not be the size of Google, and you may not have a piece of knowledge as valuable as their algorithm. Still, chances are that you have trade secrets, the confidentiality of which is critical for maintaining your position in the marketplace. Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are a helpful tool to protect these secrets. It is important, however, for your NDAs to be worded carefully so that they will carry sufficient legal weight and put you in a position to prevail in a USTA action.

Speak With a Skilled USTA Trade Secret Attorney

Attorney John Nelson provides in-depth guidance for his clients to ensure that their essential proprietary knowledge is protected. He can help you take the preventative steps needed to guard your confidential knowledge. If you believe that your trade secrets have been stolen, he can move swiftly to secure an injunction, and if applicable, file a claim for monetary damages or other appropriate relief. He offers reasonable rates and provides a free 30-minute consultation to assess your case. For a personalized consultation with Attorney Nelson, contact us today at 1-800-440-5536.

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