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

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Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

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How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

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Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

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Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

Press Coverage

Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

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Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

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Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

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What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...