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Trade Secrets Litigation: Anti-Competition Strategy or Legitimate IP Protection Tool?
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Trade Secrets Litigation: Anti-Competition Strategy or Legitimate IP Protection Tool?

The SCCBA High Technology and Labor & Employment Law Sections present a MCLE Seminar:

When: November 3, 2015
Where: SCCBA Seminar & Conference Center
31 North Second Street, 4th Floor
San Jose, California  95113
United States
Presenter: High Technology and Labor & Employment Law
Contact: SCCBA

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Scenario: You represent an employer that is outraged that a former employee has used its confidential information to compete with it. You file a trade secrets misappropriation claim on behalf of your client.

Scenario: Your client has just been sued by a company that formerly employed its founder. Your client is outraged that its much larger adversary is throwing its weight--and money--around in order to chill competition, improperly obtain the intellectual property of a competitor, and use the stress and expense of litigation to drive a competitor out of business.

Who is right? In this program, experienced judges and practitioners will discuss legitimate and not-so-legitimate litigation strategies, as well as steps that employers can take to protect themselves against misappropriation of their intellectual property and prepare themselves for litigation.

Topics covered will include: 

  • Identifying the trade secret: when should it be done, what is the proper mechanism for requesting/providing it, what is sufficient for “reasonable particularity”?

  • The challenges of winning a “customer list” type trade secrets claim

  • Preserving evidence: What steps should an employer take, both in the ordinary course of business and when an employee who had access to trade secrets leaves, in order to best protect itself?


    Pros and cons of seeking a preliminary injunction

  • Attorneys’ fees: When is a court likely to award attorneys’ fees to a prevailing plaintiff? Prevailing defendant?

SCCBA Member $69  
Non-Member $119  
SCCBA New Admittee
 (0-5 years in practice)
Honorary FREE  
 Attend Online
 SCCBA Member $95


Registration: 5:30 PM
program: 6:00PM - 8:00PM

2.0 General Substantive Law


Hon. Patricia Lucas, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Hon. Beth Labson Freeman, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Vernon Granneman, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman




Kathleen Sherman, Berliner Cohen LLP



attend from anywhere



Fulfill your CLE requirements with the SCCBA by registering for this program or choose from hundreds of online CLE programs from our Online CLE Catalog.

Period: 2/1/13 - 1/31/16
Deadline: 2/1/2016

California State Bar Compliance Information


For your convenience this program is also being offered via Live Webcast.

Please register for either the in person seminar or the live webcast, which have separate pricing levels. Registering for the live webcast requires an InReach account which is separate from your SCCBA account. If you require assistance, please contact InReach at 1-877-880-1335.

Parking is available just across the street from the SCCBA at the 3rd Street Parking Garage located between E. Santa Clara Street and St. John Street (SCCBA does not validate). 

Cancellations and refunds will be accepted only 48 hours prior to the event.  


PLEASE NOTE: Registration fees must be paid prior to the program, or at the program check in. SCCBA will no longer invoice attendees for payment subsequent to the program. Cash, Credit Card, and Check accepted. 

*All seminar materials will be distributed to pre-registrants via email. We will not provide hard copies. If you would like a hard copy of the materials we will provide upon request for a fee o
f $25.00.  

*State Bar of California Approved MCLE: The Santa Clara County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.   This program is approved for California MCLE credit.

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