Jenner & Block

Understanding and Litigating Trade Secrets, Jenner & Block Practice Series

In this guide, Jenner & Block Partners Debbie L. BermanApril A. Otterberg and Justin A. Maleson, with Associates Abraham M. Salander and Aaron J. Hersh, analyze the complex body of Illinois statutory and decisional case law addressing the protection of confidential and trade secret information.  The authors also provide practical suggestions for counseling clients and defending or prosecuting trade secret misappropriation claims.  Since the first edition of this outline was published in 2009, Illinois case law addressing the protection of confidential and trade secret information has continued to develop. In addition to addressing that area of the law, this third edition contains updated case law references throughout the outline and adds new information, including about the 2016 federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, the evolving jurisprudence concerning restrictive covenants in employment relationships in Illinois, the varied approaches of different states toward the doctrine of inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, the intersection between claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and other common law and statutory causes of action, and the protection of social media content.