Don’t Forget NDA Clauses Can Cover More Than Trade Secrets


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

Anyone who deals with contracts is accustomed to seeing confidentiality clauses. Failure to pay attention to details can have major consequences, however, for the scope and enforceability of nondisclosure agreements often turns on their precise wording. In negotiating or litigating confidentiality clauses, it is essential that companies and counsel read the fine print. This program will address the scope of NDAs, including how they are limited by other law — including federal intellectual property law and state law regarding restraints of trade. The panel will also discuss practical considerations for in-house counsel when negotiating or litigating NDAs.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Scope of Nondisclosure Agreements
•   Limitations placed on NDAs by Law
•   Considerations to Keep in Mind when Negotiating and Litigating NDAs

Date / Time: April 20, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: April 20, 2021

Matthew P. Whitley | Beck Redden LLP
Matthew’s practice focuses on intellectual property disputes and commercial litigation. He excels at handling complex matters, as reflected by the numerous multi-million-dollar cases he has successfully handled for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Matthew has built a reputation for knowing how to simplify issues in complicated or emotionally charged cases. He has represented clients from oil & gas, chemicals, steel and transportation industries in numerous intellectual property cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, and the enforcement of IP license agreements. Matthew has also represented companies from a variety of industries — including energy, banking, real estate and telecommunications — in commercial cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
Outside the courtroom, Matthew has distinguished himself in the legal community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Urban Debate League and previously served on the Houston Bar Association’s Administration of Justice and Continuing Legal Education committees.

Parth S. Gejji | Beck Redden LLP
Parth S. Gejji is an associate in Beck Redden’s appellate section. Parth focuses his practice on civil appeals and complex civil litigation. In addition to his work on appellate matters, Parth provides appellate assistance at the trial court level. This work ranges from briefing dispositive motions to drafting the jury charge and arguing at the charge conference. Parth consults with trial lawyers regarding litigation strategy with an eye on error preservation, analysis of complex legal issues, and keeping the focus on the big picture legal issues.
Parth has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving a variety of subject matters, including cases dealing with antitrust law and the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), contract law, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), tort law, defamation law, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and products liability law.

Parth is honored to have been recognized by his peers as a 2021 “Rising Star” in Appellate litigation in Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers – Texas. Before joining Beck Redden, Parth clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Outside of the courtroom, Parth devotes his time to serving local and state professional bar organizations and community projects.

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I. Scope of Nondisclosure Agreements 2:00-2:20
II. Limitations placed on NDAs by Law 2:20-2:40
III. Considerations to Keep in Mind when Negotiating and Litigating NDAs 2:40-3:00