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Overview

Whether secret formulas/recipes, algorithms, manufacturing techniques, or valuable business information (e.g., customer lists), Calfee’s Trade Secret practice is adept at recognizing and documenting trade secrets, which can be critical for establishing prior user rights and seeking relief for misappropriation.

Calfee’s attorneys have experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret matters across diverse industries, involving both state and federal law. We also have experience coordinating with law enforcement officials during trade secret theft investigations.

Calfee’s attorneys have worked closely with clients to establish workplace cultures (e.g., standards and controls) that foster the safekeeping of trade secrets. We partner with clients to perform periodic audits to ensure that trade secret portfolios evolve as a company’s proprietary technology evolves.

Our attorneys frequently assist clients with trade secret related issues, such as drafting and reviewing agreements with third parties involving the sharing of trade secrets, as well providing guidance on leveraging proprietary technology to strengthen a company’s brand and, thus, its valuation.

Noteworthy

Chambers USA 2022 Band 1 Ranking in Intellectual Property (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Intellectual Property group has been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA. Chambers USA researchers noted that the team is "Esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio and the Midwest and across the USA. Highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

Clients interviewed by Chambers USA said, "The firm offers excellent value for its services. The team is dedicated and provides sophisticated IP legal services at an attractive cost. Calfee's IP attorneys are highly regarded; they are true experts, and they do excellent work for their clients. This is a power bench; the team works well together and supports each other well. Each individual is responsive and knowledgeable in their expertise and experience. This is definitely one of my favorite firms to work with."

Chambers USA researchers also found Calfee's IP team to be held in "very high regard by fellow practitioners who note Calfee's extensive experience representing clients in wider patent and trademark matters, IP litigation matters, appellate work, and advising companies on managing IP assets in China."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2022 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Litigation – Intellectual Property (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Patent Law (Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)

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"Calfee's IP group is esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio, the Midwest and across the USA. They are highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

Chambers USA 

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