Intellectual property theft and trade secret theft often go unnoticed until an employee is terminated. Suddenly a competitor introduces a new product or process that is virtually identical to yours. By performing a computer forensic investigation on any electronic devices the employee had access to, sufficient evidence can be found to prove theft of intellectual business property and and business trade secrets. This evidence can be used in court to stop the competitor’s use, prosecute the responsible party(s) and win compensatory damages.


Computer Forensic investigations help businesses uncover suspected intellectual property theft, trade secret theft and patent infringement by investigating computers, smart phones, cell phones, hard drives, servers and other data storage devices. Common types of intellectual property include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets including but not limited to intangible assets like musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs.

Take these steps if you suspect theft of intellectual property by an employee:
  • Identify all computers, laptops, smart phones,and external devices that may hold potential evidence.
  • Secure the suspect computers and prevent further use until a forensic image can be collected.
  • Begin documenting why you suspect IP theft, fraud or patent infringement.
  • Contact a computer forensics company like Computer Forensics Associates and make arrangements to capture a forensically sound image so you preserve the evidence and prevent tampering or spoliation.


Why do I need to hire computer forensic experts?

So you will have admissible, forensic evidence of the employee theft, fraud or embezzlement issues.

To determine if more than one employee has been involved in the crime.

Access to expert witness testimony should you need it.

So you have an accurate chain of custody which documents what has been done, how the evidence was preserved how and where it was found, and who handled the evidence while in our hands.

To show the judge the evidence has been properly preserved and has not been tampered with.

Prevent you from having to pay unemployment benefits to employees due to termination.


If you suspect intellectual property theft, theft of trade secrets or patent theft and you need to prove it, you need to to take immediate action to collect and preserve the evidence. Computer Forensics Associates can help you take the steps to collect the evidence you need to protect yourself and your business from further loss and help you prove and win your case in court.

The types of information that can be collected by a Computer Forensics Investigator include but are not limited to:

  • e-mail
  • plain text and documents
  • images
  • calendar files
  • databases
  • spreadsheets
  • digital faxes
  • audio files
  • animation
  • websites visited
  • social media communications
  • chat sessions and instant messages


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