Intellectual Property Theft
In recent years, theft of intellectual property has become a major issue worldwide. Federal legislation has been enacted to suppress this activity, in particular the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. This legislation makes it a federal offense to misappropriate intellectual property or trade secrets.
I am Steven J. Sherlag, an experienced criminal defense attorney. I vigorously defend people facing federal criminal charges, including IP theft, computer fraud and corporate espionage. I have earned wide recognition for my abilities as a defense lawyer, including the AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and the 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo. When you choose me to defend you, I will work tirelessly to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.
The Economic Espionage Act makes it illegal to misappropriate a wide range of intellectual property assets, including software code, physical prototypes, designs, patterns and business processes.
An Experienced Team To Defend You
While I am a sole practitioner, I retain the services of various professionals in complex computer and white collar crime cases including forensic experts and nationally recognized computer experts.
When defending you, I will organize and direct the investigations of experts in appropriate disciplines, such as information technology professionals and others, with the purpose of disproving or casting doubt in the prosecutor’s investigation. Moreover, because I am naturally curious, inquisitive, and skeptical, I often will push my experts on their knowledge and emerging science to make sure I make full use of their expertise to exploit any weakness in the government’s case.
If you or your company was involved in the theft of intellectual property, you may face the possibility of a civil lawsuit as well as criminal charges. In addition, all assets used in the commission of crimes as defined by the Economic Espionage Act are subject to forfeiture. While the criminal case and a civil lawsuit are separate, a satisfactory outcome in the criminal case may make it more difficult for the civil case to succeed. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will defend you tenaciously at all stages of the legal process and seek to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
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For a free consultation about an intellectual property theft case, contact Steven J. Sherlag, P.C., in Portland, Oregon.