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A company’s trade secrets are among its most important assets. Without them, everything that differentiates the company from its competitors is lost. Trade secrets are protected under state and federal unfair competition laws, and owners have the right to take any necessary steps in an effort to keep them private.

There can be many instances, however, where it may be necessary to divulge proprietary information about your company’s product formulas, ingredients, recipes, processes and other information. Obtaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, contracting with a food manufacturing facility to produce your product and other interactions can all involve the dissemination of sensitive information.

Many companies struggle with how to protect their trade secrets in their dealings with government agencies and third parties. The assistance of a qualified attorney can be extremely helpful. At the law firm of Eric F. Greenberg, P.C., our business law attorneys help clients address a variety of trade secret protection concerns.

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Our experience advising clients on protecting trade secrets in a broad range of applications and transactions allows us to be much more proactive in our efforts to provide solutions that support our clients’ business objectives. We understand the oversights that can lead to private information entering the public domain unprotected, and we know how to help you avoid them.

We regularly advise clients on how to complete and submit documents to government agencies that fulfill the requirements without making sensitive material subject to Freedom of Information Act queries or running the risk of having it made part of a public record. We can also help you prepare and execute non-disclosure agreements as part of any contract with a third party provider.

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You are invited to contact our Chicago, Illinois, office to schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer. You can reach us by phone at 312-977-4647 or via email for an appointment.

GRAS Goes to Congress

GRAS Goes to Congress

By Eric F. Greenberg, Attorney-at-law

Remember that whole business involving NGOs and other folks objecting to the legal system that allows companies to self-determine that their uses of substances are Generally Recognized As Safe (“GRAS”)? And remember how some groups had gone to court to get the system declared unlawful, but late last year the court ruled against them? Well, there’s a new chapter to this story. Now, some members of Congress have proposed a bill that would make changes to the law to address those very same objections.

The GRAS pathway to clearance of the use of substances in packaging and in food is crucially important, and this proposed law has the potential to make enormous changes in various legal obligations. For that reason, packagers should keep a close eye on this latest chapter in the ongoing debate over the policy issues surrounding the GRAS system.

In my view, addressing the complaints we’ve heard for years about the GRAS program required changes in the law, so at least the objectors are in the correct forum. There’s been so much criticism of the Food and Drug Administration lately, what with its slow reaction to the infant formula contamination problem, on top of its handling of issues relating to heavy metals in baby food and various complaints about its handling of COVID and other drug approvals, for some examples. But when it comes to the GRAS program, it’s always seemed that most of the objectors’ objections were better directed at Congress than at FDA.

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