The Bartko Trade Secret practice represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trial courts throughout the United States. Our tech-savvy and commercial litigators have handled matters in a broad array of technologies including mechanical devices, software, biotech, wireless communications, mobile technology, computer security, and computer equipment. Unlike classic big firm “litigators,” we are trial lawyers with a deep experience trying trade secret and other IP cases to verdict. We are ranked by Chambers among the top trade secret lawyers in California. Our depth of substantive and technical understanding, experience handling complex IP litigation, and willingness to take cases to trial ensure the best possible protection of our clients’ legal interests. Together, we are able to analyze the critical technical issues, develop an effective litigation strategy, and present winning arguments to judges and juries. With these skills, Bartko trade secret litigators have secured victory at trial, prevailed in preliminary injunction and other dispositive motion practice, and achieved favorable settlements. Most recently we obtained an $845 million verdict for our client ASML.
Understanding the intersection of technology and commercial business objectives, Bartko lawyers help clients protect against trade secret misappropriation, negotiate trade secret disputes and, when needed, file suit, enjoin and remedy trade secret theft. The lack of big-firm overhead means that Bartko can cost-effectively handle smaller cases. We understand that cost matters and not all cases should be litigated without limits. At the same time, Bartko attorneys have gone toe-to-toe, and prevailed, against some of the largest law firms in the country.
Representative Trade Secret Clients
- National Semiconductor
- Next Level Communications
- Open Solutions
- Sun Microsystems
Although BartkoZankel is willing and able to take a case to trial to best protect our client’s interests, we understand that sometimes settlement is the prudent way to resolve a dispute. The Firm has an extensive alternative dispute resolution practice, and several of our lawyers are court-approved mediators. We bring this expertise to the table, along with experience licensing intellectual property, to help clients obtain the best possible resolutions.
Relevant Trade Secret Articles (by Benjamin K. Riley)
- Trying a Trade Secret Case: A Road Map, Litigation Magazine, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Spring 2017), at 47
- President Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, BZB Alert
- "Trade Secret Damages," Chapter 9, Calculating and Proving Damages, Law Journal Press (2011)
- Three Pitfalls for Trade Secret Plaintiffs, ABA Business Torts Journal, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2008)