Michael J. Cheng

Mr. Cheng’s practice at Berliner Cohen currently centers on representing individuals and businesses in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Prior to joining Berliner Cohen in December 2014, Mr. Cheng was an associate at law firms in San Jose and Taiwan, where he focused his practice on commercial litigation, corporate matters, contract negotiation, and…

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Thomas P. Murphy

Mr. Murphy has over thirty years of experience in representing a variety of clients from individuals to large, publicly-traded corporations in appellate and extraordinary writ proceedings in state and federal courts and in litigation involving commercial, intellectual property and real estate matters. Mr. Murphy is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California Board…

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Christian E. Picone

Mr. Picone represents individuals and businesses in both civil and criminal litigation at the state and federal levels, with a focus on intellectual property disputes, complex commercial and tax litigation, criminal defense, and environmental defense. In addition, Mr. Picone has successfully represented custom automotive companies in the increasingly criminalized area of environmental law. Prior to…

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Ralph J. Swanson

Mr. Swanson has been practicing law since 1975. During his many years of experience in commercial and environmental litigation, he has represented a variety of clients, from individuals to large, publicly-traded corporations, in business disputes, environmental and toxic contamination litigation, real estate matters, trusts and estates, trade secrets, and closely held and family-owned business disputes.…

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Intellectual Property Litigation

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When our clients’ intellectual property rights have been violated, our intellectual property litigators are here to help. With Berliner Cohen’s business litigation practice having served our clients well for more than 45 years, our IP litigators pose a “triple threat” that makes us uniquely qualified to address the IP litigation needs of our clients: #1…

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Important Issues to Consider in Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

A well drafted Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can be used to protect your business’s trade secrets and other confidential information in a variety of different business related contexts, ranging from a nascent stage of development (e.g., when products, inventions, or ideas are presented to investors) to the potential disclosure of financial information to a prospective buyer…

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Effective Counsel Must Understand Poorly-defined Trade Secrets Litigation Procedures

“When an employee leaves his or her employer to work for a competitor, or when a business venture dissolves or splinters under unhappy circumstances and one of the principals in the venture starts a competing venture, a lawsuit for misappropriation of trade secrets under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, codified in California at California Civil Code sections 3426,…

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