Secrets of the Trade: Protecting Trade Secrets in a World Where Data is King

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Every company has trade secrets.  Every company wants to protect them.  Protecting trade secrets has always been a challenge.  Today, this challenge has grown exponentially.  In our interconnected world, there are more threats to trade secrets than ever before.  Rogue employees, negligent employees, nation-state actors, disgruntled former employees, unethical competitors, unprepared venders . . . the threats are endless.  In this world, companies must know the specific threats to their trade secrets and how to act proactively to protect them.  Companies also must know what steps they should take when they suspect trade secret theft, and that their options are for stopping the theft and recovering damages for their losses.  In this sense, protecting trade secrets now is a combination of legal and technical know-how.  Companies need to know – (1) what laws protect trade secrets and how they work; (2) what technical issues are involved in proactive protection of trade secrets and the prosecution of trade secret litigation; and (3) the keys to winning lawsuits about trade secrets, whether you are the one who lost the trade secrets or the one who is accused of using them.

Educational Objectives:
• What is the threat landscape for trade secrets?  What are the sources of threats to your trade secrets?  How are nation-states stealing our trade secrets and committing, what one Air Force General described as, the greatest theft in the history of mankind?
• What are the best ways to act proactively to protect your trade secrets?
• How do new technologies, like data analytics, impact the protection of trade secrets?
• How does the law protect trade secrets?
          oWhat is a trade secret?
          oWhat laws protect trade secrets?
          oHow do they work?
• What are the technological keys and strategies for winning trade secret cases?
• What are the keys to providing and defending damages in trade secret cases?

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Litigators; in-house counsel; human resources professionals; intellectual property lawyers; corporate lawyers that act as outside general counsel for their clients.



Mr. David Walton is vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor and Employment Department, managing director of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Practice and Advisory Services, and co-chair of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force.  Mr. Walton represents a broad range of clients from large multinational corporations to small companies, serving employers in all types of employment law, ranging from proactive counseling to litigation, including preparation of policies and procedures, hiring and termination, employment discrimination, employment contract disputes, restrictive covenants, and trade secrets.  He has extensive trial experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in large cases involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, unfair competition, and duty of loyalty claims.  As an industry leader in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, Mr. Walton has significant experience litigation restrictive covenant cases and has obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctons for employers enforcing employment agreements.

Mr. Walton is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  Mr. Walton earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Richmond School of Law and his B.S. from Ithaca College.


Mr. David Barron is a member in the Houston office of the firm, focusing his litigation practice on labor and employment law.  Mr. Barron assists his clients with all their labor and employment needs including representing clients at trials involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, collective action overtime claims and whistle-blower suits before a variety of state and federal courts.  He counsels clients on labor negotiations, elections, strikes and corporate campaigns by unions, litigations disputes before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Department of Labor, and advises management on a variety of employment issues, including the drafting and enforcement of noncompete agreements.  Mr. Barron is board certified in Labor and Employment law and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in Texas Monthly magazine.

Mr. Barron is admitted to practice in Texas.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. from the University of Houston.