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Suppose that you are general counsel of a sophisticated business—a software, biotechnology, or manufacturing company. One day, you find out that a lawsuit has been filed accusing your company of misappropriating the trade secrets of another firm. The complaint makes sweeping allegations that your company misappropriated the trade secrets behind the plaintiff’s "revolutionary" and "unique" products and incorporated them into one of your company’s core products. Plaintiff immediately seeks broad discovery of your company’s proprietary information stretching back years, and asks you to provide your most sensitive product development information to plaintiff’s experts for a comparative "analysis." You prepare to turn over reams of documents and to hire your own experts to conduct a dueling analysis.

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