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Trade Secret Litigation Brand Protection

A business's trade secrets are its lifeblood. Barnes & Thornburg recognizes this in representing everyone from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in trade secret litigation. Whether seeking a TRO or defending against the injunction issued at 5 p.m. on a Friday, the Firm has the experience and resources needed to handle these complex and often expedited matters.

The firm has litigated trade secret and confidential information cases in state and federal courts around the country. These cases have involved many industries and different areas of technology, including manufacturing methods, algorithms, process equipment, and medical devices. The Firm has litigated trade secret issues in more than a dozen state and federal courts, including before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Indiana Supreme Court.

Barnes & Thornburg understands the sensitivity and importance of proprietary information at stake in trade secret cases. The Firm executes a litigation strategy that addresses your business needs. Our lawyers counsel clients before litigation starts to help identify and protect their proprietary information through trade secret programs and trade secret audits.

  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a health care company in a case involving complex employment and business disputes in a Texas county court on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of noncompetition covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, conspiracy and statutory theft. The health care company client prevailed, securing a multimillion-dollar jury verdict. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a national homebuilder who secured a defense verdict from a federal court jury following a two-week jury trial of an employment dispute involving allegations of non-compete violations, misappropriation of trade secrets and defamation. (*This matter occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a publishing company in the successful prosecution of trade secret and conversion claims against a client’s former employee, who became a competitor. The publisher obtained an agreed injunction order permanently enjoining the individual from making use of misappropriated trade secret information.
  • On behalf of client, Barnes & Thornburg attorneys successfully defended a non-compete and tortious interference claim. Through vigorous prosecution of counterclaims, we were able to secure a favorable settlement for our client.



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