Ron Breaux in Law360: More Criminal Trade Secrets Theft Suits On Texas Horizon


North Texas will see more federal prosecutions of criminal trade secrets in the coming years, meaning as businesses develop cybersecurity and data protection policies, they need to guard against using wrongfully obtained information, a Haynes and Boone, LLP attorney said at a panel discussion Wednesday.

Because U.S. Attorney's offices in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas have designated computer hacking and intellectual property prosecutors who are actively pursuing trade secrets theft investigations and intend to bring criminal charges against individual and corporate violators, it’s essential for companies to have policies in place to prevent receiving confidential data and to mitigate the effects if a rogue employee has brought in a competitor’s secret information, said Ron Breaux of Haynes and Boone.

Breaux is currently representing a client under grand jury investigation and in the midst of parallel civil litigation he says involves the classic trade secrets scenario of an employee allegedly leaving a competitor with a thumb drive full of information that was intended to stay private.

Excerpted from Law360, June 20, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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