An Introduction to Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

The misappropriation of trade secrets is a specific type of intellectual property crime that involves stealing valuable information from a company or individual. In order to be considered a “trade secret,” information must meet three criteria: it must be used in business, it must be secret, and it must provide a financial advantage. In order for the secret to be considered “misappropriated,” a court must judge, based on evidence presented, that someone stole the information and used it illegally.In the Information Age, it is no wonder that the theft of information has become a serious and costly crime around the world. Every year, the misappropriation of trade secrets costs companies billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. In the United States, trade secret law is governed at the state level, though most states have agreed to the terms set out by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which outlines specific penalties for misappropriation of trade secrets.About Harvey SiskindAmong the many types of intellectual property cases handled by attorneys at Harvey Siskind LLP are those that involve the misappropriation of trade secrets. Founded in 2000, the law firm maintains offices in San Francisco.


One of California’s most highly ranked boutique law firms, Harvey Siskind LLP, headquartered in San Francisco, maintains an international reputation for excellence in the practice of trademark and intellectual property law. Recognized in 2011 by the World Trademark Review (WTR) as a firm with “keenly honed expertise,” Harvey Siskind LLP is renowned for its thoughtful legal analysis. Additionally, founding partner Peter Harvey received ranking among the top trademark attorneys in the nation in the annual publication WTR 1000. The firm was established by a group of attorneys with strong backgrounds at major San Francisco corporate law firms, and presently provides an array of transaction and litigation services for large corporate clients, as well as for individuals and start-up companies. The talented staff at Harvey Siskind includes founding partners Peter Harvey, a recognized international expert in trademark law, and Lawrence Siskind, who also focuses on domestic and international copyright and trademark law. An Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Mr. Harvey has served as counsel for the International Trademark Association (INTA). He has written articles and made presentations for INTA, including “Undressing Trade Dress, 2008: Where Are We?” The June 1, 2012 California Lawyer positively cited Mr. Siskind’s article on “Why Civil Gideon Won’t Work.” Additionally, attorneys in the firm participate actively in the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the Practising Law Institute (PLI), where they receive cutting-edge continuing education. A community service-oriented firm, Harvey Siskind’s San Francisco-based attorneys are encouraged to sit on professional and civic boards, serve on state commissions, educate at law schools and area high schools, give presentations, and publish articles on legal topics. Included in the numerous organizations that benefit from the firm’s community contributions are the Pacific Research Institute, the California Lawyers for the Arts, and Episcopal Charities.

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Harvey Siskind LLP provides litigation and legal counseling services to clients in a broad range of businesses, including high technology, manufacturing, entertainment, publishing, advertising, multimedia, and electronic commerce. The firm focuses on clearing, registering and enforcing intellectual property rights, assisting with transactional and licensing needs, and resolving the variety of conflicts and disputes that arise in the course of business.