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Proving Theft of Trade Secrets for Architectural Stone Products

Summary:


When compared, defendant’s manufacturing process was found to include
most of the methods that gave plaintiff a distinct competitive edge.

Plaintiff was a nationwide designer and manufacturer of decorative manufactured architectural stone products used for building facades, walls, and small structures. Development involved a significant investment in R&D, resulting in six lines of products in over 60 different colors per line. Plaintiff employed defendant for two years as a quality control manager. Prior to leaving the company to start
his own competing firm, defendant downloaded hundreds of computer files pertaining to proprietary manufacturing designs, processes, and finishes. Not coincidentally, his new firm’s combination of component colors and proportions precisely matched plaintiff’s “color matrix” the majority of the time.


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