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If you have operated a business for any length of time, you know that your company has developed expertise and know-how that gives it a competitive advantage. Often this is subject to written or even memorized unique information about equipment, processes, customers, and other information and knowledge the protection of which is key to prevent competitors from stealing or copying your technology.

We can help you draft key employee or contractor agreements that ensure know-how and confidential information become your company’s property. These agreements maintain the secrecy of your information and prevent it from being taken to a competitor or simply becoming general knowledge for the industry to use in competition with your company. We have advised many companies on practical steps they can take to guard their confidential information.

We have won key cases in enforcement of trade secrets against ex-employees and others who have attempted to build businesses around stolen confidential information. Moreover, we can advise on when it is prudent to seek Anton Piller orders to protect evidence and how using injunctions early in the suit can end the harmful activity that threatens to cause irreparable damage to your business.  We work in collaboration with your team to get an effective result.

Contact any one of our confidential information group including Richard Stobbe, Lawyer, at or 403-260-8508, or Laura MacFarlane (for dispute or litigation matters) at or 403-260-8577 to discuss your confidential information protection needs.

Pat's Off-Road Transport v. Campbell et al, 2010 ABQB 443
Stonetile  (Canada) Ltd. v. Castcon Ltd., 2010 ABQB 392