Trade Secrets for Entrepreneurs: Maximize Your Intellectual Property Protection

WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2023  |  11:30 am – 1:15 pm EDT

WHERE: Online via Zoom video conferencing


This presentation will explore the basics of trade secret protection both from practical and legal considerations. We will also discuss advanced best practices strategies and tips on how to ensure your organization is secure with its trade secret strategy. Learners will understand the key differences of trade secret protection both within the US as well as overseas. Included will be a discussion on how technology can assist in your trade secret strategies.

Presented by the Entrepreneurial Strategy Series and Gearhart Law.


  • 11:30 am – 12 pm EDT: Networking
  • 12 pm – 1:15 pm EDT: Presentation


Nicole D. Galli: Nicole D. Galli is the founder and Managing Member of ND Galli Law LLC, an intellectual property (“IP”) and commercial litigation boutique law firm located in Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY and Louisville, KY.

Nicole’s practice focuses on commercial and IP litigation, IP counseling and trade secret protection. She has represented numerous companies, entrepreneurs and other individuals in intellectual property and business disputes for thirty (30) years, with a heavy emphasis in patent infringement, trade secrets misappropriation and restrictive covenant litigation, and other technical litigation in a variety of industries and scientific disciplines.

Nicole also devotes considerable time to several national initiatives to enhance effective trade secrets management and protection. She served as a Vice Chair of IP Protection in the Supply Chain Committee for the LES Standards Setting Project that developed an ANSI “best practices” standard for managing IP (especially trade secrets) in a supply chain (issued as a formal standard in the Fall of 2022). Nicole also serves on the Sedona Conference Working Group on Trade Secrets (WG12) Steering Committee, where she co-chaired the team that developed a Commentary on the Governance and Management of Trade Secrets (published in the Summer of 2023), and currently co-chairs the team developing model jury instructions under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. She is also part of the new WG12 team focusing on cutting edge issues in AI and trade secrets. Read more at:

Ilanit Appelfeld, Arc.: With over 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property, Ilanit Appelfeld works with tech companies to protect their IP and Increase their IP value.

Based in Israel, she serves as the IP manager for Rav Bariach and has collaborated with hundreds of technology startups, positioning them for successful fundraising or potential acquisitions.

She has researched the challenges faced by seed startups and found practical solutions to assist companies in identifying and leveraging their IP to improve their valuation and articulate their competitive advantage.

She does it through trade secret protection plans, employee training sessions and workshops, demystifying the intricate world of trade secrets and ensuring that companies are armed with the knowledge to protect their invaluable assets. Her profound understanding of trade secrets has been instrumental in her approach. Read more at:

David Postolski, Esq. from Gearhart Law is our Event Moderator. Please email him with questions at:

This event is sponsored by Gearhart Law, a full service Intellectual Property firm specializing in Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law domestically and globally. We serve inventors, entrepreneurs, and established businesses. We can help you strategize and build your IP portfolio based on your business needs. Call us for a free consultation at 908-273-0700 or contact us through: