Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets

Trade secrets and intellectual property are among a company’s most valuable assets. But with fierce global competition for top talent between competitors resulting in increased employee movement and immediate pressure to perform—coupled with the technological ease by which data can be compromised—safeguarding confidential information has become more challenging than ever. Companies must take a proactive, strategic approach. We can help.

  • Tier 1 firm for Trade Secrets Litigation -- every year since 2015

    Legal 500 US

Client Successes

  • Represented the world’s largest ride-sharing company in a high-profile trade secret case filed by its leading competitor

  • Secured a jury trial victory for AeroVironment in a suit brought against three former employees involving breach of patent and confidentiality agreements

  • “They are solution oriented rather than providing descriptions of the issues only. They are practical and help evaluate risk of imperfect situations.”

    Legal 500

Helping Clients Protect their Most Valuable Data

Paul Hastings was one of the first global firms to establish a dedicated Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets (EMATS) practice—and we continue to be a leader in this space. According to Chambers, our practice chair is recognized as an “authority on trade secret cases” and literally wrote the book on this important topic: Protecting Intellectual Property in the Age of Employee Mobility, authored by Bradford Newman.

With an impressive record of wins, including successful jury trial verdicts at every level of the judicial system and in numerous jurisdictions, our EMATs practice works relentlessly to deliver results for our clients. From protecting entrepreneurs’ confidential information to aggressively prosecuting or defending against cases of alleged data theft, we bring deep experience to all sides of these critical issues.

  • Labor & Employment Law Firm of the Year

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A Unique Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets Practice

  • We develop and implement tailored data protection strategies to minimize risk, drawing on our team’s deep subject matter expertise and decades of experience.

  • Our team advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies on all aspects of data protection and recovery—helping even the most sophisticated companies use technology to build state-of-the-art data protection programs, and implement policies and practices that help detect and resolve potential data theft early on.

  • We are strategic case litigators who understand the technology—and who regularly represent both plaintiffs and defendants in cases before judges, juries, and arbitrators, as well as handling matters on appeal.

  • Members of our team have successfully represented clients with diverse products and technologies, including metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, speech recognition, virtual reality, photovoltaic solar panels, bi-directional charging/vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging, investment algorithms, ride-sharing automation, specific video game mechanics, defense technologies, oncology instrument and reagent technology, genetic testing methodologies, and other life sciences innovations.

  • Our team’s experience encompasses a deep technical understanding of computer forensics and how “0s and 1s” can be mined for purposes of detecting data theft and related threats to intellectual property.

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