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Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition

Experience Highlights

  • (AAA Arbitration) — Served as lead trial counsel in the representation of a company involved in the development of ground-breaking silicon polymer chemistry; obtained a finding of trade secrets misappropriation; sought monetary and injunctive relief

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Defended a software company against claims of copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with software products for sharing project files and information in the energy industry; we mediated the case and were able to negotiate a structured settlement

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Represented an oilfield services company in trade secret, breach of contract, and false advertisement suit

  • (N.D. Tex.); (Fed.Cir.) — Obtained a complete victory for a client accused of patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with computer software and methods for horizontal drilling of oil and gas wells; after obtaining a summary judgment on the trade secrets claim, V&E tried the case and obtained a judgment for our client; we obtained an affirmance of the judgment on appeal 

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Defended an oilfield equipment company against claims of trademark infringement and false advertising; after defeating summary judgment motions and successfully reviving trade secrets counterclaims against the plaintiff, we settled the case on favorable terms

  • (Tex. Dist. − Fort Bend Cnty.) — Successfully pursued trade secrets claims for a software company against former employees; injunctive relief

  • (AAA Arbitration − Utah) — Represented a valve manufacturer in arbitration of trade secret case; obtained agreed injunction after arbitration hearing on the merits

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.); (Tex. App. − Houston [1st. Dist.]) — Represented an insurance brokerage company in an employee raiding/non-solicitation of customers and employees suit against competitor and four former employees; obtained temporary injunction regarding non-solicitation of customers and employees which was affirmed in published opinion as to all but one former employee on appeal

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.) — Represented a major oil field chemical company in a covenant not to compete dispute involving hiring of nine employees brought by a competitor; obtained ruling that covenants not to compete were invalid under Texas law; remainder of case subsequently settled

  • (Tex. Dist. − Harris Cnty.); (Tex. App. − Houston [14th Dist.]) — Represented a major oil company in trade secrets dispute involving drilling rig technology; case dismissed based on forum selection clause; case affirmed on appeal