Criminal Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets

Industrial espionage is often thought of as a civil matter. Indeed, the theft of trade secrets is often pursued in civil court. Yet federal and state governments may also choose to criminally prosecute alleged incidents involving the theft of trade secrets.

State And Federal Defense Of Trade Secret Misappropriation

The Economic Espionage Act (EEA) is a federal law that prohibits industrial espionage. Under the EEA, federal prosecutors can bring criminal charges against any individual who knowingly misappropriates trade secrets. The U.S. government, in addition to pursuing criminal charges, also has the authority to obtain injunctive relief in civil court. In addition, many states, including Tennessee, prohibit the theft of trade secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

Whether you are facing criminal charges under the EEA or state charges, the penalties can be significant. Federal prosecutors can seek penalties of up to 15 years in prison. Organizations can face millions of dollars in fines.

Get Criminal Defense From An Attorney Who Knows The Civil And Criminal Aspects Of Trade Secret Misappropriation

Breeding & Henry, LLC, is in a unique position to help businesses facing allegations of theft of trade secrets. Our robust commercial litigation practice includes issues regarding the protection of trade secrets. In addition, our experienced criminal defense lawyers have a thorough understanding of the EEA and other laws applicable to the criminality of trade secret theft.

Businesses and individuals facing criminal charges for theft of trade secrets can get a comprehensive analysis of their criminal charges, potential civil liabilities and all aspects of the legal matter that is facing them.

To schedule your initial, confidential consultation at our Knoxville office, contact us online or by calling 865-223-6307.