Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

We help clients to protect and maximise the value of their trade secrets and confidential information. Lawyers from our intellectual property, employment and commercial departments work together to provide a comprehensive service.

Trade secrets and confidential know-how often provide the most valuable commercial advantage over competitors. Yet these important assets are frequently overlooked, particularly where other IP rights may also be in play. We advise our clients on identifying situations in which rights in confidential information may arise, and how to protect and enforce them if they do.

We routinely assist our clients to put in place non-disclosure agreements with their commercial partners in order to establish clear boundaries for the use of confidential information. We also advise on the acquisition and exploitation of such rights in the context of technology transfer, licence agreements, development and collaboration projects, or the acquisition or sale of know-how.

We are equally experienced in assisting clients to prevent the unauthorised disclosure or misuse of their confidential information. In the case of a breach, we provide fast, cost-efficient and strategic advice ,and have a proven track record of successful enforcement action in this area.