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IP Theft and Infringement Cases Investigated by McCann
IP Theft and Infringement
This case involved the theft of intellectual property from an oil field services firm involved in the fast growth area of fracking. The case involved two current employees in collusion with a former employee who were using our client's plans and designs to build fracking equipment that was to be used to start a competing company. McCann Investigations facilitated a complex investigation that included computer forensics, mobile device forensics, digital surveillance, traditional surveillance and under cover work to gather evidence.
IP Theft and Product Tampering
This case case involved the theft of intellectual property, non compete violations and product tampering. The case involved three employees in collusion who were using our client's plans and designs to reverse engineer a competing chemical in order to start a competing company. In addition, the employees had decided to tamper with the chemical stock of the client in order to force customers to buy chemicals from their new company. McCann Investigations facilitated a complex investigation that included computer forensics, mobile device forensics and traditional surveillance to gather evidence for our client. The case involved both a civil action and a criminal referral.
IP Infringement - Former Employee Presenting a "New" Invention to an Unsuspecting Employer
Our client reported to us that a competitor was showing a new product at a trade show which bore a striking resemblance to a product under development by our client. It was also noted by our client that an employee who was working on the development team had recently joined the competitor. In this case, when the competitor was notified, they denied involvment and invited McCann to examine the computer of the recently hired employee. A computer forensics examination of the meta files on the new employees computer revealed the details as to how and when the new files were uploaded to the new employer's network. This confirmed the IP infringement and the new employee was fired. An agreement was reached between the parties outside of litigation.
IP Theft of Scientific Research at a Drug Company
Our client suspected that data collected on a new cancer drug had been stolen from a server. the drug wsa scheduled to begin FDA testing on humans. They were not sure if the data had been stolen and needed to investigate and document the theft. They needed to report the findings to an independent committee of the board of directors. McCann network forensics investigators were able to determine that the data had been compromised and it had been downloaded. However, the data was not downloaded by an external source, but by a recently departed employee. The company was successful in filing a TRO against the employee and the downloaded data was returned.
The above represent a small sample of the hundreds of cases investigated by McCann over the past 28 years. Material facts have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients. Some of the cases discussed combine various issues and materials found in relevant case studies that have been reviewed by McCann Investigators. No attempt should be made to draw any factual conclusions based on the cases discussed. Please contact McCann Investigations for real world cases in which references can be furnished.