IP Best Practices

At Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, we work closely with our clients to identify and protect their trade secrets in a competitive marketplace.

Our firm's IP attorneys provide counsel to enable business practices to be developed, optimized, and institutionalized so that access to confidential information is limited and controlled on a strictly need-to-know basis, trade secrets are properly and securely stored and access to or dissemination of confidential information is performed only when necessary and under carefully constructed parameters.

Our attorneys assist our clients by drafting agreements to protect against unauthorized disclosure or misappropriation of trade secrets and other intellectual property, to facilitate limited information sharing among parties to our clients’ business arrangements and to limit the use of confidential information as a basis of competition with our client.

The IP team at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd supports clients with infringement evaluation determinations relating to trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property and provides counsel on an appropriate enforcement action when infringement occurs.


  • Providing counsel for the establishment of business practices to create and protect copyright and trade secrets, such as formulas, price and customer lists, business processes, inventions and other competitive information
  • Advising, counseling and drafting of intellectual property policies, procedures, and other published statements for several public universities
  • Routinely draft non-disclosure agreements and proprietary information and invention agreements