We know people are stealing our ideas, but we can’t find them. What can we do?
Question: We know people are stealing our ideas, but we can’t find them. What can we do?
For three decades, Continental Enterprises (“Continental”) has focused exclusively on intellectual property-related investigations. In that time, our team of investigators has grown to include a diverse range of individuals, all of whom are well versed in the complexities and characteristics of IP investigations.
Our investigators’ intimate understanding of how the information and evidence that we collect may be used in enforcement actions is one of the most notable features of our investigative services. Working side-by-side with outside attorneys provides a unique and invaluable experience. Even clients who retain Continental only for investigative services benefit from the resources of our in-house counsel who provide guidance and assistance to our investigations staff. As a result, our investigators are highly attuned to the many nuances of IP enforcement. The close working relationship between Continental’s investigators and outside attorneys allows us to compile the strongest body of evidence possible against an infringer, which is a great advantage at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.
Our investigators also play an integral role in our market analyses, in triaging cases and in maximizing asset recovery. By uncovering comprehensive information on the market for counterfeit and infringing products, they are able to provide a key perspective in developing and carrying out an effective IP protection strategy. This information is essential in allocating your resources effectively. Moreover, when appropriate, our investigators dig deeply into the targets’ operations, identifying hidden assets and helping establish independent liability on the part of business associates, suppliers, advertisers and even spouses.
The varied personal and professional backgrounds of our investigators contribute to the quality and success of our investigations. Each investigator brings his or her personally unique skills and experiences to every case. Notably, we have investigators that are fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Hebrew, Arabic and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese). In addition to basic IP infringement investigations, our investigators are also skilled in undertaking long-term, in-depth undercover operations in a wide range of environments from executive office settings to industrial manufacturing facilities. In these situations, our investigators develop personal relationships with targets that enable our clients to receive detailed, accurate and valuable information on an ongoing basis.
Ultimately, the quality of Continental’s investigations is unparalleled. Our team of investigators is diverse and highly knowledgeable in the field of IP investigations. Moreover, Continental’s collaborative environment, in which our investigators and outside attorneys work together to brainstorm, analyze and problem-solve, distinguishes us from other investigation firms.