Law Seminars International Presents

An Advanced One-Day Workshop on

Trade Secrets Protection, Transactions, & Litigation

Protect Your Competitive Edge

May 11, 2007
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, business leaders and software developers involved in creating a workable trade secrets program

Why Attend

The modern law of trade secrets in the Information Age presents unique challenges. Litigators need to understand emerging trends and trial tactics in trade secrets litigation. At the same time, corporate lawyers need to understand the emerging corporate governance issues as trade secrets are increasingly viewed as an asset class implicating the Sarbanes Oxley Act and other security and protection issues both in the United States and abroad. In this one-day intensive seminar, some of the most noted experts address the state-of-the-art in current trade secrets issues. ~ Program Co-Chairs: R. Mark Halligan, Esq. and Christopher E. Paetsch, Esq.

What You Will Learn

* Recent developments in trade secrets law * Trade secrets asset management * Protection of trade secrets assets in mergers and licensing negotiation * The interplay between trade secrets law and patent law * Protecting trade secrets abroad * The growing importance of electronic discovery and computer forensics in trade secrets cases * Trial strategies for plaintiffs and defendants

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Once again, outstanding presentations! ~ Useful information in binder ~ Good program ~ Speakers had terrific energy ~ Materials & presentations effective ~ Glad that I attended the entire day ~ Co-chairs were excellent


Friday, May 11, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  R. Mark Halligan, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lovells / Chicago, IL
  Christopher E. Paetsch, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Seyfarth Shaw LLP / Chicago, IL
8:45 am Recent Developments in Trade Secrets Law
  Liability theories and defenses: Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine; fiduciary duties; use of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act; filing federal actions in state court
  Linda K. Stevens, Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP / Chicago, IL
  Corporate liability for trade secret theft by employees: Direct violation of the Trade Secrets Act; Respondeat Superior Doctrine; tortious interference with contract; aiding breach of relationship
  Steven A. Weiss, Esq.
Schopf & Weiss LLP / Chicago, IL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Trade Secrets Asset Management
  Inventory and classification; valuation and reporting; what lawyers need to know about FASB 141 and 142; Sarbanes-Oxley accounting requirements
  Kathleen M. Kedrowski, CPA, Managing Director
Navigant Consulting, Inc. / Chicago, IL
11:15 am Protection of Trade Secrets Assets in Business Negotiations and Agreements
  Handling unsolicited ideas; entering into appropriate NDA's; licensing trade secrets; dealing with trade secrets in M&A activities, etc.
  Robert Hart, Esq., Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Harman International Industries, Inc. / Northridge, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm The Interplay Between Trade Secrets Law and Patent Law
  Effective portfolio management and litigation strategies for companies relying on a combination of patent and trade secrets protections
  David L. Schwartz, Esq., Assistant Professor
The John Marshall Law School / Chicago, IL
2:00 pm Protecting Trade Secrets Abroad
  Parts of the world where protections are good and poor; latest thinking on contractual work-arounds for places like China where there are no protections
  Victoria A. Cundiff, Esq.
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP / New York, NY
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm The Growing Importance of Electronic Discovery and Computer Forensics in Trade Secrets Cases
  Offensive and defensive strategies for use of eDiscovery and computer forensics in trade secrets cases
  Scott A. Carlson, Esq.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP / Chicago, IL
3:45 pm Trial Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defendants
  Plaintiff's perspective on the most troublesome issues from trade secrets identification through protective orders to injunctions and proof of damages
  William L. Schaller, Esq.
Baker & McKenzie / Chicago, IL
  Defendant's perspective
  Thomas L. Duston, Esq.
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP / Chicago, IL
5:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $695 with a group rate of $620 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $545. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $347.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

Illinois CLE credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the The Gleacher Center at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in Chicago, IL 60611. Check The Gleacher Center website for a list of area hotels at
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $705. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

R. Mark Halligan, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Lovells and is on the Adjunct Faculty at The John Marshall Law School where he teaches Trade Secrets Law. A prolific lecturer and writer on the law of trade secrets, he sponsors the world-renowned Trade Secrets Home Page on the Internet. He is a first-chair litigator and his practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law and related licensing, restrictive covenant and antitrust issues.

Christopher E. Paetsch, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, focusing his practice on litigation, with particular experience in large commercial and intellectual property cases. He is a member of the Trade Secrets Group and represents clients in high-stakes litigation involving trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants. He is also experienced in enforcing and protecting patents, trademarks and copyrights, and in handling deceptive advertising cases.

Scott A. Carlson is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he founded and co-chairs the national eDiscovery practice. He has represented clients in disputes including commercial contracts, purchase agreements, lease agreements, Uniform Commercial Code transactions, misappropriation of trade secrets, software licensing agreements, shareholder suits and tortious interference claims.

Victoria A. Cundiff is a member of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. She has successfully tried significant trade secrets, computer law, trademark, unfair competition, licensing, and false advertising disputes and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, New York Super Lawyers, and was named one of the top 50 Female Super Lawyers in New York.

Thomas L. Duston is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. He has handled patent litigation, trade secrets disputes, the enforcement of non-competition agreements, trademark actions, claims of unfair competition, and contract and negligence claims relating to technology failures. In 2005 he was named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch."

Robert Hart serves as Chief IP Counsel to Harman International Industries, Inc., where he is responsible for 3000 plus patents and 3500 trademarks worldwide; IP litigation; domestic and international agreements; anti-counterfeiting and white collar crime investigations. Previously, he was Division IP Counsel at Conexant Systems.

Kathleen M. Kedrowski, Managing Director at Navigant Consulting, Inc., is involved in economic, business and financial analyses in IP, licensing, and other disputes. She also advises clients on the strategic use of intellectual assets, such as effective utilization, monetization and strategies throughout the intangible asset life cycle.

William L. Schaller is a partner with Baker & McKenzie. His practice focuses primarily on insider unfair competition disputes, typically key players forming, joining, or assisting a rival. He has counseled a wide variety of clients on commercial, intellectual property and employment law matters. He is listed in Leading Lawyers in Illinois for Commercial Litigation.

David L. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor at The John Marshall Law School. Previously a partner at Wallenstein & Wagner, he focused on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, and intellectual property-related transactions. He teaches IP survey, patent and trade secret law, intellectual property litigation, and patent planning and drafting.

Linda K. Stevens, a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, is an intellectual property litigator and counselor, resolving intellectual property and other commercial disputes, including those involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, and departing employees. She was named by Law and Politics and the publishers of Chicago Magazine as a Super Lawyer® and was chosen by Leading Lawyers Magazine as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network.

Steven A. Weiss is a partner at Schopf & Weiss LLP, where he is The Chairman of the firm and leads the Executive Committee. He focuses on business litigation in intellectual property, breach of contract, trade secrets, employment covenants not to compete, and other business disputes.