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Keeping on top of trade secret protection

It is not unusual for Oregon business owners to worry about keeping their trade secrets from being leaked, misused or stolen. Protecting your sensitive business information involves not only physical protection, but legal security as well. Knowing the different ways your information can be taken or stolen is an important part of erecting sound security around your trade secrets.

Valuation experts can help in partnership disputes

In many ways, an Oregon business partnership is like a marriage. This is often very apparent when the partnership comes to an end. If there are no contracts or similar agreements signed, the split can become complicated. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we have experience evaluating litigation risks and helping clients identify the best way to reach their separation goals.

Oregon’s UTPA amendment focuses on personal information

As of May 25, 2017, consumers may file a complaint against businesses, if they believe the use of their personal information is inconsistent with your published privacy statements. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we represent clients who need to protect themselves from complaints of deceptive trade practices.

How can I prevent my ideas from being stolen?

For entrepreneurs in Oregon, good ideas often mean success. That’s why it’s crucial that you protect your ideas against theft, which can result in your competitors using your hard work and ingenuity against you. CNN.com offers the following tips, which will help you keep your most lucrative ideas safe and secure.

Defending from a strong position

At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we represent Oregon companies and entrepreneurs with the understanding that, sometimes, invoking the law is a part of doing business. Business litigation is not all breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and product liability cases. Sometimes, you might need to clearly communicate to an adversary that you are serious about pursuing a position and that you are ready to take your issue to court if necessary. Sometimes, you might need to defend yourself from opponents who seem poised to start hurling their spurious accusations in a formal manner. 

How to create a valid NDA

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) keeps confidential information secure when shared with other parties. Ensuring that an NDA is enforceable is key in this case, as an invalid agreement will be of little help to your or your business. To make certain your agreement is legally sound, Forbes offers the following tips.

How do you deal with a partner dispute?

Disputes and disagreements in Oregon businesses often start small, even when they are between primary stakeholders, such as partners, investors or shareholders. If you find yourself seeking resolution strategies for a problem of this nature, it is likely that the issue has already had some time to mature. One of the most effective ways of dealing with this type of situation is to establish a basis upon which you can pursue future negotiations. 

Are there different types of intellectual property?

As an employer in Oregon, you know that protecting your intellectual property is of the utmost importance. However, you should also know about the different tools available to do so, which can offer numerous benefits depending on how your IP is categorized. UpCounsel.com explain different types of intellectual property and the mechanisms under which it can be protected.

Protecting your business’s trade secrets

As an Oregon business owner, you probably know better than anyone the things that set your company apart and help you stand strong against the competition. When your business’s secrets, practices, formulas, recipes or what have you fall into the wrong hands, however, it can mean big trouble for you and some serious financial losses. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we understand the critical nature of protecting your business’s intellectual property, and we have helped many clients implement measures that protect their life’s work.

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