Proprietary Information and Trade Secrets INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Some of our clients’ most important intellectual property assets are unpatented - proprietary information and trade secrets. We work with clients to improve their internal technology, proprietary information and trade secret protection programs, and to evaluate and structure their internal and online data security programs and deal with security breaches and intrusions. Among other matters, we:

  • Obtained an award of $32.7 million in damages for our client Fusion Lighting in an action against Northrop Grumman involving misappropriation of trade secrets and patent rights
  • Achieved a favorable settlement for software company Raindrop Geomagic in a trade secret misappropriation suit brought by two large hearing aid manufacturers—Siemens Hearing Instruments and Phonak—involving the application of sophisticated hearing aid software, saving our client the distraction and expense of litigation against two much larger corporations


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Steinberg, Donald R.

Donald R. Steinberg

Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 617 526 6453 (t)

Haag, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Haag

Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 650 858 6032 (t)

Dichiara, Peter M.

Peter M. Dichiara


+1 617 526 6466 (t)

Grewal, Monica

Monica Grewal


+1 617 526 6223 (t)

Hill, James

James W. Hill, MD


+1 213 443 5389 (t)

Kipnis, Jason

Jason D. Kipnis


+1 650 600 5036 (t)

Wisz, Jamie T.

Jamie T. Wisz


+1 202 663 6286 (t)

Souto, Victor F.

Victor F. Souto

Special Counsel

+1 212 937 7224 (t)

Publications & News


January 5, 2016

WilmerHale Named a Finalist in The American Lawyer's 2016 IP Litigation Department of the Year Contest

The American Lawyer has named WilmerHale as one of three finalists for 2016 Litigation Department of the Year in the Intellectual Property category. In its profile of the firm, The American Lawyer highlights WilmerHale's client commitment and its long-term strategic thinking, versatility and depth of first-chair trial talent.

December 31, 2013

Peter Buckland Discusses “How to Keep Your Startup’s Secrets Private” in Entrepreneur’s Ask the Expert Column

In Entrepreneur's "Ask the Expert" column, Partner Peter Buckland shares his thoughts on "How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private."

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

August 31, 2012

The 2013 Best Lawyers in America® List Includes 101 WilmerHale Lawyers

July 11, 2012

Appealing Alternatives to Traditional Patent Prosecution: Part One

An article by Wayne Kennard appearing on

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

May 8, 2012

The National Law Journal Names WilmerHale to 2012 Intellectual Property Hot List

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced

September 15, 2010

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Release Inaugural Best Law Firms Rankings

WilmerHale earns first-tier rankings for a dozen national practices.

August 12, 2010

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011