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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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...