Intellectual Property

Trade Secrets

Preti Flaherty’s Intellectual Property team has decades of experience helping companies and institutions of all sizes implement effective policies and programs to secure confidential information. We understand that sensitive, internal information is just as valuable an asset as inventions, trademarks and creative works, and we work closely with our clients to review and analyze procedures, storage, workflow and processes to identify gaps and mitigate risks. Our experience gives us a wealth of strategies to offer, and our technical knowledge gives us a uniquely informed perspective on these issues. Preti Flaherty’s IP and trade secrets experience includes:

  • Legal strategies for information security
  • Management of confidential information
  • Storage and workflow of critical data
  • Mitigating risk of loss
  • Review and analysis of information control processes
  • Development of security policies
  • Unilateral and reciprocal Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Employment policies, agreements and practices
  • Invention disclosure and assignment processes and forms
  • Confidentiality and non-compete agreements

Extensive experience in the field

Our team regularly works with all types of companies and institutions to secure sensitive and confidential information within their entities. We closely review the storage and workflow of critical data to develop a comprehensive plan for mitigating risk of loss and offer sound counsel that balances the sometimes competing desires of operational efficiency and information security. We also conduct a detailed analysis of the way information is transmitted, advise clients on how to address problems, and ensure protections and agreements are in place for the full range of parties who have access to information including customers, vendors and collaborators. Preti Flaherty’s attorneys also offer trainings on IP legal issues to keep our clients well prepared and informed.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

This Analysis of COVID-19 Financial Advice is effective as of 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.  THE INFORMATION SET FORTH BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE as Treasury Guidelines and other authorities emerge from the...

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the twelfth year in a row, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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DOL Provides Guidance on Exemption from Paid Leave for Small Businesses

The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave and expanded FMLA benefits due to COVID-19 but provides that businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt if the obligation would jeopardize...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...