Harnessing the capacity of a business to be successful goes far beyond finding, employing, and retaining good people. It also means creating mutually beneficial and enforceable agreements that protect your IP and trade secrets (confidentiality, non-compete, consulting, work-for-hire, and employment agreements) and other contracts. It also means taking steps to protect your company's intellectual property and trade secrets in the event of a dispute. You need solid IP and trade secret agreements in place.
The attorneys of Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C. are highly adept at creating and enforcing the legal structures needed for this type of collaborative work. The type of contract you need-a licensing agreement, work for hire, development agreement, maintenance agreement, non-compete, non-solicitation, or some other mechanism-depends on your business goals. While you go about achieving your business goals by putting solid IP and /or trade secret agreements in place, it's also important to take steps to protect your interests. At the end of the day, you can take every preventative measure, but you can nonetheless face theft of trade secrets and intellectual property litigation. Our firm is made of seasoned trial attorneys. We use our courtroom experience to create agreements that prevent disputes-and fight to protect your interest when disputes arise.
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We have a lot of experience in crafting an array of arrangements to safeguard intellectual property rights:
The types of IP arrangements outlined above by no means comprise a comprehensive list. It is not humanly possible to foresee every issue that can arise with intellectual property. However, there are still basic principles we bring to every case; our preparation takes shape according to our clients' unique needs and obstacles.
There are multiple ways to deal with theft of trade secrets. The Texas Uniform Trade Secret Act (TUTSA) provides for injunctive relief and other remedies, including monetary damages, in the effort to deal with theft or ongoing misappropriation of trade secrets. Among these include the following:
You may already have a solid agreement in place, but that might not be enough to prevent an employee or partner from violating the agreement - or a competitor from reverse-engineering your product or service.
Texas law imposes a fiduciary duty on former employees not to take trade secrets (customer lists, for instance) and use those trade secrets to the detriment of the former employer, but this is very common.
Our goals in these cases:
To learn more, visit our page on trade secret violations.
One of our basic principles is that the law should be made to work for our clients. Sometimes accomplishing this is pretty straightforward, such as when patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secret protection is clearly needed. When complex IP issues are at stake, however, there may be multiple ways to frame the issue. Our commitment is to keep the focus on how the applicable law supports the objectives you seek to accomplish.
For example: Suppose you need to put together a transaction for a joint venture in technology with another company. You may be unsure about how much information to share and whether to require a nondisclosure agreement. The main thing is to take account of your true interests: what structure makes the most sense, given the potential upside of a highly profitable IP development agreement?
Our firm can help you make judgment calls like this concerning your own challenges and opportunities.
Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C. has been protecting trade secrets and intellectual property since 1987. With decades of combined experience, we are among the leading business attorneys in Houston. Our goal with every case the last 29 years has been simple: create legal solutions that help you achieve your goals and protect what matters. Whether you need precise, effective legal structures and contracts, or you need a litigator to defend your interests, we are the firm Texas businesses turn to. For drafting and negotiating IP agreements and protecting trade secrets, the Houston lawyers of Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey serve business clients throughout Texas. Schedule a confidential consultation today at (713) 909-7323 or contact us online.