Trade Secrets

McGuireWoods helps companies protect what is theirs by drafting and enforcing effective non-compete, secrecy and confidentiality agreements. We primarily represent employers in both challenging and defending these agreements, as well as advising individual employees on behalf of the companies who seek to hire them.

In the academic arena, we provide comprehensive legal analysis and counsel in connection with negotiating license agreements, copyright and trademark matters, fair use issues related to curriculum materials, and drafting student participation agreements to protect intellectual property, among other services.

Our lawyers also counsel clients on how to negotiate settlements prior to litigation and, when necessary, we fight for their interests in court. We have considerable experience in prosecuting and defending trade secret misappropriation claims, ranging from cases involving departed employees to industrial espionage.

Trade Secret Lit and Trade Secrets

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Brian C. Riopelle Partner T: +1 804 775 1084
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

Provider of medical supplies, consulting services and e-business solutions

Represented a provider of medical device supplies, consulting servicers and e-business solutions in case alleging trade secret misappropriation in software. On the eve of trial, the case settled favorably in favor of our client.
Representative Matter

Representation of a global science company in a trade secrets theft case against a South Korean manufacturing company.

DuPont filed a civil trade secrets case in 2009 against Kolon Industries Inc. for conspiring with former employees to steal proprietary information about Kevlar™, the bulletproofing fiber used in body armor products. McGuireWoods served as lead trial counsel for DuPont in civil litigation spanning six years. Meanwhile, in 2012, the U.S. Government filed a criminal case against Kolon – in which the company pleaded guilty in April 2015. In doing so, Kolon agreed to pay $360 million in fines, ending the long-running civil and criminal disputes.

The case is historically significant because of the size of the original verdict, the rulings on a host of key trade secrets and spoliation issues, and the resulting settlement obtained by DuPont.  It has also been cited in ongoing efforts by the Obama administration as an example of the need for enhanced federal protection of corporate trade secrets. Awarded the Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Litigation by American Lawyer Media in 2015.
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Thomas M Beshere Thomas M. Beshere
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1004
F: +1 804 698 2193
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Rick Conner Rick Conner
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2137
F: +1 704 444 8790
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Michael F Easley Jr. Michael F. Easley Jr.
Associate
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6696
F: +1 919 755 6583
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Brian Fahy Brian D. Fahy
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8232
F: +1 310 956 3131
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Melanie Holloway Melanie C. Holloway
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1019
F: +1 804 698 2027
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Matthew C Kane Matthew C. Kane
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 310 315 8295
F: +1 310 956 3195
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T:+1 415 844 1945
F: +1 415 844 1923

Daniel Mahfood Daniel M. Mahfood
Associate
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661

T: +1 904 798 2637
F: +1 904 360 6321
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Bethany A Pelliconi Bethany A. Pelliconi
Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8205
F: +1 310 315 8210
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Rodney A Satterwhite Rodney A. Satterwhite
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1098
F: +1 804 698 2163
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Michael O Tackley Michael O. Tackley
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1629
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Tyler VanHoutan Tyler T. VanHoutan
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 832 214 9911
F: +1 832 214 9924
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