Protecting intellectual assets is critical to ensuring the lasting success of your company. Intellectual property theft can take place through external IT network intrusions in which spyware is installed, allowing remote access to unauthorized users. Intellectual property theft can also be facilitated internally through sources such as current or former employees with access to data. These sources often choose to use the information for personal gain, such as in starting a new company or bringing it to your own company’s competitors.
The theft of intellectual property can cause great harm to a company, both in terms of revenue and reputation. Therefore, it is important to take action to protect your company from intellectual property theft.
When a claim is made that intellectual property has been used in the creation of another product or service, the claim must be investigated and evidence must be documented to support the claim. For example: did data from an ex-employee get copied from one company to another? More importantly, can this claim be proven?
The use of an experienced computer forensic examiner is absolutely critical, regardless of if you are the plaintiff or the defendant. McCann has helped hundreds of clients gather evidence of IP theft, including many that have a component of non-compete violations.
If you wish to obtain a temporary restraining order in your IP theft case, you must act quickly to file the necessary documentation. Our investigators work with your legal team closely to obtain the digital and non-digital evidence to document the key elements of the case. Digital evidence of downloading private information, emails that detail conspiracy, and other traditional investigative techniques lay out the case so that your actions, both in possible mediation or in court, support your goals.
If you are interested in our intellectual property services, contact our certified fraud examiners today. We will educate you on whether you are a victim of IP theft, and what we can do to fix it.