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Trade Secrets

Heim Payne & Chorush is able to draw upon its extensive technical expertise in its trade secret practice. All of the firm attorneys have engineering or science degrees and several have their graduate degrees, thus providing invaluable insight into the technical issues that often arise in trade secret litigation. In certain instances, a trade secret claim may be asserted in conjunction with an allegation of patent infringement, and Heim Payne & Chorush is uniquely situated to handle such lawsuits. The firm has handled large trade secret cases in the semiconductor industry, the software field and in the oil and gas sector.

Representative Cases

UniRAM Technology, Inc. v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

In 2007, a jury returned a verdict in favor of UniRAM Technology on trade secret misappropriation claims against Taiwan Semiconductor. HPC tried the case with its co-counsel at Susman Godfrey.

The jury found that UniRAM proved that its technology constituted protectable trade secrets. The jury further found that Taiwan Semiconductor misappropriated those trade secrets, and awarded significant damages.

Shortly after the jury verdict of trade secret misappropriation, HPC won a successful bench trial on several defenses raised by the defendant. A settlement was announced in 2008.

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