Many of our clients derive a competitive advantage from their confidential information. At Vinson & Elkins, our Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition practice helps protect that advantage in large and small projects by drafting confidentiality agreements, guiding clients through counseling and negotiation, and, when necessary, pursuing claims of trade secret misappropriation. V&E's Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition lawyers also know how to defend these claims when they are made against our clients. Our team also helps navigate closely related issues involving employment and consulting agreements, and covenants not to compete.
V&E lawyers have
handled trade secrets cases in a variety of contexts — including cases
involving computer software, customer information, equipment, pricing and
financial information, drawings and specifications, and methods of doing business — in a variety of industries, such as
computer hardware and software, oilfield services, oilfield exploration and
production, and computer consulting and outsourcing services.
We leverage our experience to help resolve
disputes when they arise, whether by licensing or otherwise. However, when our clients cannot get a
satisfactory resolution short of litigation, our lawyers have the experience and depth
necessary to resolve the case at the courthouse. We have experience in all aspects of trade
secrets and non-compete cases, including obtaining temporary restraining
orders, and preliminary and permanent injunctions, and we understand the need for