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Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets

The Lee Palmateer Law Office has the knowledge and depth of experience to provide skillful and practical legal advice on ways to protect your trade secrets and proprietary information, and to enforce your rights against trade secret misappropriation and breach of confidentiality.

Albany intellectual property lawyer Lee Palmateer has counseled many clients and drafted countless agreements that provide legal rights against disclosure of trade secrets and proprietary information.

Our services include:

Confidentiality and Non-disclosure Agreements. Before disclosing a trade secret or proprietary information, you should ensure that the receiving party has a legal duty of confidentiality. Creating a contractual duty is perhaps the best way to accomplish that.

Employment Agreements. We can prepare employment agreements spelling out the employee’s duty of confidentiality.

Trade Secret Protection Practices. We provide legal advice on practices and policies your business should adopt to protect your trade secrets, including: identifying and classifying confidential information; internal and external security policies; security audits; and employee training.

Enforcement and Litigation. With the Lee Palmateer Law Office, you will have an experienced litigator who knows how to protect your rights in and out of court.

Information on Trade Secrets and Employee Duty of Loyalty

What is a trade secret?

A trade secret is any formula, pattern, device or compilation of information which is used in one’s business, and which gives the business owner an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use it. You must take sufficient measures to guard the secrecy of information and preserve its confidentiality in order to maintain its trade secret status.

The duty of loyalty

Certain parties may have a duty of loyalty against disclosing another’s trade secrets. In New York, duties of loyalty may be recognized in employment and independent contractor relationships. A duty of loyalty can be created by contract even where no such duty would otherwise exist. We can advise you on such matters.

For more information on how we can help you procure, protect and commercialize your intellectual property rights, please call the Lee Palmateer Law Office at 518-591-4636.