Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C.
Washington Building, Barnabas Business Center, 4650 North Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Ryan M. Billings
Although trade secret law has historically been an area regulated by the various 50 states, a recent federal statute allows plaintiffs to choose whether state or federal court is the most effective venue for litigation. KMK’s Business Litigators are well-equipped to guide clients through the available options, as we represent both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret actions in state and federal courts across the U.S. Our attorneys have substantial experience in developing trade secret protection practices and procedures in concert with our Business & Financial Services Group.
We also work closely with select, sophisticated patent co-counsel to assert and litigate the rights of patent holders or to defend against allegations of patent infringement. In cases of breach of copyright, or if licensing negotiations do not result in a satisfactory solution, our litigators can protect the interests of both owners and alleged infringers. KMK understands that intellectual property assets often have a limited shelf life and need to be protected and efficiently leveraged across their life-span. Our attorneys assist clients to secure value quickly from intellectual assets (in both negotiating and documenting agreements), enforcing those agreements and prosecuting violations of trade secret law in the event of improper disclosure or use.
Navigating intellectual property issues requires not only knowledge of regulatory issues, including antitrust law, but also a real appreciation of business issues such as the economic value of exclusivity and performance guarantees. If issues arise, we offer a prompt assessment of the legal implications, together with an evaluation of available means to resolve the matter. Litigation may be urgent and essential to protect client interests, or an alternate strategy may be employed to minimize cost and avoid unwanted publicity. We stand ready to assist in accordance with our clients’ needs.