SAN FRANCISCO – Reed Smith partner William R. Overend, a trial lawyer focusing on high-stakes litigation involving complex technology, was named to the Daily Journal’s 2021 list of the “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” based in California.

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Previously, Overend appeared on the Daily Journal’s elite Top Trade Secrets Lawyers list in 2019 and its Top IP Lawyers list in 2016.

Overend was honored this year for two litigations he is handling on behalf of Philips Medical Systems regarding the client’s proprietary diagnostics software and theft of its trade secrets. The Daily Journal also highlighted Overend’s work helping clients identify and track their trade secrets and strengthen programs to protect them.

“A perfect storm is building for businesses using trade secrets to protect their important intellectual property,” said Overend in the Daily Journal. “Companies are increasingly using trade secrets to protect key IP assets, and yet at the same time, those assets are becoming more susceptible to theft … from hackers, from competitors, from departing employees, and even from state actors.”

Download the Daily Journal’s 2021 profile of Overend below.