Manchester: 0161 797 8123

London: 0207 438 2045

Manchester: 0161 797 8123

London: 0207 438 2045

Corporate Investigations

Intellectual Property (IP) Theft

Senior Executive Leavers

CYFOR are experts in the retrieval of digital evidence relating to Intellectual Property (IP) Theft, including the unauthorised access and dissemination of data and the communications around this.

Intellectual Property (IP) Theft

Intellectual property is often the distinguishable factor that helps a business to stand out amongst its competitors and is usually one of its most valuable assets, whether the data is trade secrets, a client database, confidential technical product information, or financial information. It can be critical to giving an organisation the competitive edge within its relevant market. If a competing organisation was to imitate a patented company design too closely or take possession of a companies’ IP, the damage could be tremendous.

Intellectual property (IP) theft commonly occurs when an employee leaves a business to work for a rival, or to set up their own company.

Employee Data Theft Investigations

CYFOR are frequently instructed by clients who have had company data stolen by current or former employees. We provide investigations in cases ranging from intellectual property theft, partnership and contract disputes, to whistleblowing matters. Our extensive capabilities allow us to forensically investigate digital devices such as computers, mobile phones, hard drives and tablets within strict time frames to meet client requirements.

Digital Forensic Process

If evidence of data theft exists and the intellectual property of your client has been compromised, then we will find it. This includes the following areas of investigation;

  • Forensic imaging of computer/ laptop/ server
  • Data extraction of all user generated data, including live and easily recoverable deleted data
  • Data carving for deleted emails which may reside in unallocated space
  • Application of specific keywords across the data to narrow the results and provide more relevant results
  • Application of Internet Evidence software across the data to provide a detailed report of all Internet history and deleted web history
  • Determine any evidence of copying of data via Dropbox or other web based storage devices
  • Look for evidence of any web based email correspondence
  • Look for evidence of usage of USB devices and copying of data
  • Results provided on a hard drive or disc for review
  • Full report issued, detailing workflow, which can be relied upon in court

Breach of Restrictive Covenants Investigations

The potential risk companies are exposed to by their employees is huge. CYFOR can assist in protecting the integrity of your business data by reducing the impact of ‘bad leavers’ with specialist forensic investigations.

Being recognised as true leaders in this niche area of investigation, our team are vastly experienced and aware of common patterns of behaviour, the mechanics of different storage platforms and devices, and the way in which individuals attempt to cover their tracks, and the traces they leave behind. Our reports provide a comprehensive, explanatory narrative to tie in all the relevant data identified.

Whether it is an individual who has colluded with a third party to disseminate confidential information or a departing employee who has taken client/customer data with them for a competitive edge, we can uncover the hidden audit trail left behind.

We are instructed by both law firms and companies directly. Contact us today to secure your organisation.

London: 0207 438 2045

Manchester: 0161 797 8123

Manchester: 0161 797 8123

London: 0207 438 2045

We are instructed by both law firms and companies directly. Contact us today to secure your organisation.

London: 0207 438 2045

Manchester: 0161 797 8123

Manchester: 0161 797 8123

London: 0207 438 2045

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