Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth Howard

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Hacking Your Rivals – Corporate Espionage in Major League Baseball

As we approach the dog days of summer, baseball season is again in full bloom. We previously discussed old-fashioned sign stealing in the context of teams trying to gain a competitive advantage during an actual game. But it...more

7/13/2015 - Baseball Cardinals CFAA Confidential Information Cyber Attacks Cyber Crimes Cyber Espionage Cybersecurity Data Breach Databases DOJ EEA Espionage FBI Hackers Houston Astros Passwords Popular Trade Secrets

March Madness: Trade Secrets Claims Block Billion Dollar Bracket

For those of us who revel in this time of year as amateur “bracketologists,” last year’s promise of the billion dollar bracket brought an added lottery-like level of fun to the NCAA basketball tournament. Even though the...more

4/3/2015 - Breach of Contract Contests & Promotions Counterclaims March Madness NCAA Trade Secrets Warren Buffet Yahoo!

Bigger in Texas? High Court to Decide Scope of Protection for Third Party Trade Secrets in Civil Discovery

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ordered oral argument in In re: Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., a case concerning the discoverability of third-party trade secrets documents in civil cases. When should such...more

9/8/2014 - Discovery Rules of Civil Procedure Third-Party Risk Trade Secrets

Things To Avoid When You Leave Your Job: Using Drone Trade Secrets To Blackmail Your Former Employer

Trade secrets cases in the employment context usually provide valuable lessons on what not to do when leaving a job. The recent conviction of Stephen Marty Ward by a Washington federal jury imparts one such lesson...more

5/14/2014 - Drones Extortion Trade Secrets

Stop And Smell The Trade Secrets

What do Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Celine Dion all have in common? Until recently, their own unique perfumes produced by Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, the largest flavor and fragrance manufacturer in the world. ...more

3/24/2014 - Brand Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets Trend To Watch In 2014: Government Regulations Requiring Public Disclosure Of Proprietary Information

In the New Year, one of the trade secret trends we’re watching is the ongoing tension between a company’s interest in preserving its proprietary information and the public’s demand to know more about the goods or services it...more

1/3/2014 - Drug Manufacturers FOIA Labeling Pharmaceutical Public Disclosure of Private Facts Trade Secrets Transparency

It’s Not Just Boilerplate! Best practices for drafting collaboration agreements to protect your IP

In This Presentation: - 1. The collaboration conundrum - 2. The Tekmira case: a cautionary tale Outline - 3. Best practices for drafting specific provisions Please see full presentation below for more...more

3/18/2013 - Boilerplate Language Confidentiality Agreements License Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Patents Supervision and Collaboration Agreements Trade Secrets

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