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Category: Non-Compete and Trade Secrets

Orange County Unfair Business Competition and Trade Secrets Attorneys

In California, the Unfair Competition Law prohibits anti-competitive practices, which is designed to protect others from unfair, unlawful, or fraudulent business acts or practices. Likewise, unfair competition law makes it illegal for companies to practice unfair, untrue, deceptive, or misleading advertising (AKA “false advertising”) due to the potential to harm others. In cases of unfair […]

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Protecting Trade Secrets Under Coronavirus COVID-19 Work From Home Policies

Proprietary information that belongs to a business can be considered a “trade secret” or  protected confidential information. The law provides protection for trade secrets.  These assets are a form of valuable business property or “intellectual property”.  Employees can be required to keep trade secrets confidential.  They must not to turn around and sell those secrets […]

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How to Prove a Non-Compete Agreement is Being Violated

A non-compete dispute attorney in Southern California can provide assistance in situations where you believe that a non-compete agreement may have been violated. Non-compete agreements provide important protection for companies who do not want their former employees to unfairly and inappropriately steal business or take confidential information to competitors. Unfortunately, sometimes actually enforcing these agreements […]

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A Look at Non-Compete Agreements and Unfair Business Practices

The Irvine business lawyers here at Brown and Charbonneau, LLP handle a wide range of different types of cases. Since we have many decades of combined experience, we have seen it all as they say, and our clients benefit from this extreme level of seasoning. In our field of endeavor, results are the only measure […]

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When is a Non-Compete Unenforceable?

Before your company drafts a non-compete, or before you sign one, you should consult with a non-compete dispute attorney. Irvine attorneys at Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can provide you with assistance understanding California laws on non-compete agreements so you can make informed choices when it comes to this type of contract.  Non-competes can provide important […]

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What is a Trade Secret?

Successful businesses have their own unique products or processes that set them apart from competitors. Businesses must protect the things that make them special in order to maintain their competitive advantage.   Much of the proprietary information that belongs to a business is considered trade secrets. The law provides protection for trade secrets, which are […]

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What is a Service Mark?

Your company works hard to build its brand reputation and to become well-known to current and potential customers. It is important that people who are shopping for a product or for a service are able to easily identify and distinguish your business from others offering similar goods or services.  A service mark is one important […]

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What is a Trademark?

Intellectual property has become one of the most valuable types of property in the information age. It is important to protect your company’s intellectual property. This means knowing the laws that apply to declare ownership of ideas, products, processes and brand imaging.  One of the most important types of intellectual property is a trademark. A […]

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What are Mediation and Arbitration?

When a dispute arises, going to court is one possible way to solve the disagreement. Litigating a dispute can occur in any situation, from a divorce to a disagreement between partners or a conflict in the business world. Unfortunately, litigation is an adversarial process by nature. A plaintiff and a defendant have their own lawyers; they […]

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