William Collins, Jr.,Partner,Burr & Forman LLP to Speak at KC’s Event
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About William ‘Chip’ Collins, Jr.
Chip Collins is a partner and business litigator in the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP. His practice is largely focused on litigating and arbitrating non-compete and trade secret disputes, counseling employers and executives on unfair competition issues, and drafting employment and severance agreements. Chip is a frequent commentator on non-compete and trade secret issues, having been featured in publications including the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Attorney at Law, and Business to Business, and he started his firm's unfair competition blog (noncompetetradesecretslaw.com)
About Bur & Forman LLP
Burr & Forman LLP is a century old, full-service law firm with a forward-thinking approach to providing legal solutions. We have nearly 300 attorneys in 9 offices throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Burr & Forman offers a wide range of business and litigation services to diverse clients with local, national and international interests.
As the name suggests, trade secrets derive their principal value from being kept secret and available for use by only their owner. Yet in our digital world, where most information resides on computer networks, electronic storage devices or “the cloud,” trade secrets are highly vulnerable to theft by both insiders and third parties. Computer hacking, economic espionage, identity theft and invasions of personal privacy are related threats that are outgrowths of the information age in which we live. These issues present a huge, global challenge and it is a war that, at present, the “good guys” are not winning.
Against this backdrop, the Knowledge Group has enlisted two leading trade secret litigators to share their practical insights and strategies to help companies protect their trade secrets. Their presentation will address the following topics:
1. Overview of trade secret law.
§Trade secrets distinguished from other types of intellectual property.
§Nature and sources of the threat (recent notorious examples).
§Sources of protection – common law, Uniform Trade Secret Act, federal statutes.
§Potential criminal prosecution.
§Proposed federal trade secret legislation.
§Global laws and issues.
2. Trade Secret Litigation.
§Trade secret audits
§Contractual provisions to safeguard trade secrets and other business interests.
§Best practices for avoiding trade secret theft.
3. Minimizing risk when hiring employees from a competitor.
4. Departing employees – the biggest risk of trade secret theft.
5. Protecting Against Trade Secret Theft.
§What to do immediately upon discovery of trade secret theft.
§To sue or not to sue.
§TROs and preliminary injunctions.
§Potential causes of action.
§Proving a trade secret claim.
§Role of experts.
About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org
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