June 16, 2015 Articles

How to Respond to Trade Secret Theft: The First 48 Hours

Be prepared to take full advantage of what unfolds.

By Ryan M. Billings

The president of a successful and long-standing business client (“Blue-Chip”) comes to you in distress. The president tells you that a senior manager (“Turncoat”) abruptly left Blue-Chip’s employ and joined a competitor (“New-Chip”). Worse yet, the president tells you that she believes Turncoat stole trade secrets before terminating employment and is using them to assist New-Chip in stealing business from Blue-Chip. What do you do?

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