Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of posts addressing how corporate victims of trade secrets theft can enforce their intellectual property rights through the criminal justice system. Prior posts can be found here and here.
Once a criminal investigation of trade secrets theft is underway, it’s not just a matter of the corporate victim passively watching the government pursue the case. Pro-active engagement is required to maximize the benefits of a criminal investigation and prosecution. But going about that the right way is an art form – there are many variables, unwritten rules, and traps for the inexperienced. Effectively managing such situations begins with an understanding of the corporate victim’s relationship with the government.