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Galvanize SF: Protecting Your Innovations: Trade Secret Tips for Startups

August 9, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Protecting Your Innovations: Trade Secret Tips for Startups

About this workshop:

The loss of confidential information is one of the most significant threats to new and growing businesses.  The threat may come from data security breaches, but more often arises when employees leave to join a competitor or start a competing business, or when a potential partner or investor misuses information shared under an NDA.

Confidential information is protected by trade secret law—an important but often neglected form of intellectual property.  Driven in part by a weakening of patent protection, trade secrets have ascended as a primary strategy for protecting the value of innovation.

In May, President Obama signed into law important new legal protections for trade secrets.  The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) creates federal civil protections for trade secret owners, and powerful establishes powerful new remedies like emergency seizures.

Join us for a discussion focused on the practical steps startups and growth stage companies should take to ensure that their critical confidential information is legally protected—and to avoid litigation under the new laws.


You’ll Learn:

  • What confidential information qualifies as a “trade secret”
  • What steps to take to ensure their confidential information is legally protected
  • How to manage NDAs
  • How to protect confidential information when dealing with investors, business partners, or acquirers
  • What to do when you suspect an employee has taken confidential information


Target Audience:

  • Startup and growth stage companies
  • Legal and other advisors
  • Data security managers


Workshop Schedule:

  • Introduction (5m)
  • Defining Trade Secrets (10m)
  • Legal Protections & Steps to Take (15m)
  • Dealing with Employees and Third Parties (15m)
  • How to Avoid Litigation (10m)
  • Questions (5m)


Meet Your Instructor:


Michael Ng is an accomplished trial lawyer who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property litigation and other complex commercial disputes. His most recent matters span the US, Asia, Europe, and Australia, with a focus on high-stakes cases in the high-technology sector. Mr. Ng has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in cases that rank among the most successful recent litigation on behalf of intellectual property owners, leading to the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients.


In addition to litigation, Mr. Ng helps clients design intellectual property strategies aimed at furthering their business goals, such as protecting trade secrets and other intangible assets, maximizing the value of intellectual property holdings, securing freedom to operate, or preparing to engage with competitors in new markets.




August 9, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Galvanize SF – Speakeasy (Lower Level)
44 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA 94105 US