The presentation will cover recent trends and case law applying the Texas and Federal trade secret laws, focusing particularly on the various evidentiary issues that arise in litigating these disputes. The primary focus of the presentation is on the evidentiary requirements litigators should be mindful of when prosecuting or defending trade secret disputes. Specifically, the presentation will cover the evidence needed to establish the existence of a trade secret, the evidence needed to show that misappropriation has occurred, and the evidence that can be used to support the various damage-models court’s employ in trade secret disputes. The presentation will also cover pragmatic considerations in collecting and preserving evidence that is typically used in trade secret disputes.
Key topics to be discussed:
Evidentiary considerations in establishing the existence of a trade secret
Evidentiary considerations in establishing trade secret misappropriation
Evidentiary considerations in establishing cognizable damages for misappropriation
Best practices and considerations in collecting and preserving evidence
Date / Time: September 28, 2023
Varant Yegparian | Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC
Varant represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, from contentious partnership disputes to claims involving complex modern technology. He has built a reputation as an assertive, efficient, and pragmatic trial lawyer, leveraging prior experience at an Am Law 200 firm as well as a regional firm with a heavy trial docket. A relentless advocate for his clients, Varant stands ready to prosecute claims and bring defenses up to and through trial.
Parties on both sides of the table call on Varant to protect their interests in organizational litigation matters. His experience includes obtaining a large settlement on behalf of a plaintiff limited partner in litigation involving one of the world’s largest commodities brokerages; successfully defending the directors and officers of one of Texas’ largest independent physicians associations against claims of breach of fiduciary duty brought by former shareholders; and obtaining favorable settlements on behalf of real estate fund managers sued by their limited partners for mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud.
Varant’s track record of exceptional results also extends to the tech sector. He routinely prosecutes and defends claims in connection with various forms of cutting-edge technology, ranging from smart infrastructure to new biomedical processes. Recently, after a weeklong arbitration processing, he obtained a full dismissal of all claims involving the billing technology of a global telecommunications company. Another notable victory entailed obtaining an early dismissal of claims of trade secret theft and unfair competition for a cloud computing AI startup. Both cases included a six-figure award of attorneys’ fees.
I. Evidentiary considerations in establishing the existence of a trade secret | 2:00pm – 2:30pm
II. Evidentiary considerations in establishing trade secret misappropriation | 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
III. Evidentiary considerations in establishing cognizable damages for misappropriation | 3:10pm – 3:30pm
IV. Best practices and considerations in collecting and preserving evidence | 3:30pm – 3:40pm