LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 21, 2012 — Los Angeles business litigation attorneyRobert G. Klein said that the 41-year-old naturalized citizen recently sentenced to four years in federal prison after being convicted of stealing trade secrets from Motorola calls attention to the steps that all businesses need to take to protect confidential information. The Chinese-born software engineer reportedly had more than 1,000 Motorola documents in her possession when she was about to board a one-way flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Prosecutors alleged that the information was worth more than $300 million.
Trade secrets are any confidential business information, such as a device, recipe or technique, that offers a company a competitive edge. A trade secret could be a list of business contacts, manufacturing processes or advertising strategies, among many other types of highly sensitive information. Companies need to protect this information in order to not only ensure that there is no misappropriation of the information through unauthorized use, but also so any individual who acquires the information through improper means can be held accountable.
“It was certainly encouraging that the US Attorney’s Office prevented the theft of this information without revealing these trade secrets in court,” said Los Angeles business litigation lawyer Robert G. Klein. “While the government should be commended for its prosecution of this case, the potential impact of the material this individual was trying to take overseas should make every business take notice.”
Los Angeles business litigation attorney Robert G. Klein has been handling complex business litigation cases since 1987. He founded his law firm in 1994 and works with businesses throughout the Los Angeles area.
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