Trade Secret Theft

Jacksonville Attorneys Wage Avigorous Defense For Those Accused Of Trade Secret Theft

Representing Floridians charged with stealing confidential information

Any formula, pattern, physical device, idea, process or compiled information that is treated as confidential (not disclosed to the public) and as such provides the owner with a competitive edge in the marketplace can be considered a trade secret. Under Florida Statute 688, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, a trade secret’s owner can seek damages when his confidential information is misappropriated for monetary gain.If you’ve been charged with trade secret theft, it’s important to seek skilled legal counsel to fight the allegations against you.

It is vital that you safeguard your rights.  Never speak to a government agent or police officer alone.  Always get a lawyer to protect yourself.  Don’t think that if you have nothing to hide you can convince a government agent or police officer you are innocent.

Our white-collar crime attorneys at Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., have extensive experience defending Floridians charged with stealing trade secrets. The intentional theft of trade secrets is considered a crime under both federal and state laws and often involves complex litigation. Our knowledge of intellectual property law gives us an advantage in handling your case; we understand the serious nature of such charges, begin immediately to investigate every aspect of the case against you, and prepare thoroughly to wage a defensethat offers you the best possible outcome.

Serious defense for serious charges

Trade secrets can be understood as a wide range of confidential information involving existing products and those not yet developed:

  • Ideas for new products that have not been shared publicly
  • Inventions for which patents have not yet been applied
  • Products under development
  • Computer algorithms
  • Formulas and recipes
  • Manufacturing techniques
  • Marketing strategies

The federal Economic Espionage Act (EEA) gives the attorney general of the United States broad powers in prosecuting such crimes, and Florida’s own laws add to the potential punishment upon conviction. As your defense counsel, we can argue that there is insufficient evidence of guilt or that the evidence points to someone else. We can also argue that the intellectual property appropriated was not in fact a trade secret because there was common knowledge of its existence. Timing is essential: Once a trade secret is no longer secret, its protections end.  If you even suspect that you’re being investigated for trade secret theft, it’s imperative that you seek strong legal representation as soon as possible; if convicted you could face up to ten years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines. Our attorneys have both the experience and skill to defend you against these serious charges.

Contact an experienced Jacksonville white-collar crime defense lawyer immediately

Contact us online or call the offices of Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A.,today at 904-353-5800 to schedule a consultation at no cost or obligation to discuss your trade secret theft charges.


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