Trade Secret law addresses proprietary, non publicly known information that gives one business an advantage over another.
Trade secrets can be almost any information – customer lists, internal processes, methods that comprise simple steps that alone are not proprietary, but when assembled together, achieve a result that without knowing those steps could not be achieved – a very broad right.
Trade secrets can subsist in embodiments that also include other intellectual property rights. For example, as discussed more completely under our discussion on Information Technology, software can contain all four primary forms of intellectual property. The source code is a literary work and can be protected by copyright, but when filed, the trade secrets that are displayed in the software can be obfuscated such that they are not publicly disclosed.
Our practice includes deep experience in trade secret law. For example, our founding partner Robert Bowie litigated many of the seminal MD cases in trade secret law.