Jason Britt

Jason Britt

Foley & Lardner LLP

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When It Comes to Confidentiality Agreements, Just Getting the Signature Is Not Enough

Automotive suppliers and other manufacturers frequently have to share their valuable intellectual property with third parties. A supplier might need to share CAD files with another supplier to ensure that the finished product...more

11/11/2014 - Confidential Information Confidentiality Agreements Signatures

NextEnergy: Developing Charging and Power Systems for Tomorrow’s Cars, Homes, and Businesses

In addition to the networking technologies that NextEnergy is developing with its partners, NextEnergy is also developing vehicle charging and power systems that look to trim energy bills for both homes and businesses....more

9/30/2014 - Energy Energy Efficiency

NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to...more

9/26/2014 - Automotive Industry Carbon Emissions Clean Tech NextEnergy NHTSA Oil & Gas Smart Car Startups

New Materials Look to Change What Our Cars are Made of

Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus Cars, is said to have expressed his philosophy of car-building as: “Simplify, then add lightness.” While expanding safety regulations and consumer demands for technology and comfort make...more

6/24/2014 - Automotive Industry

Federal Court Reminds Trade Secret Owners That the Statute of Limitations Isn't Everything When it Comes to Misappropriation...

Several years after an employee leaves your company, you realize that he or she has been using confidential and proprietary information acquired from your business to compete against you. Your non-compete agreement with the...more

6/2/2014 - Confidential Information Employment Contract Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Misappropriation Non-Compete Agreements Popular Statute of Limitations Trade Secrets

California Announces Regulations for Autonomous Car Testing

Just as manufacturers and other businesses at the edge of autonomous vehicle technology are announcing advances in the field—including, most recently, Google’s fully-autonomous prototype vehicle, featuring no controls other...more

5/30/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Google Self-Driving Cars

New Federal Trade Secret Protections on the Horizon?

Conspicuously absent in the quiver of arrows available to a business looking to take action against someone who has misappropriated or is threatening to misappropriate its trade secrets is a federal cause of action for...more

5/12/2014 - Automotive Industry Economic Espionage Act Foreign Commerce Interstate Commerce Lanham Act Misappropriation Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in...more

5/8/2014 - Driverless Cars Google NHTSA Volvo Wireless Technology

SREC II – Proposed Changes to MA DOER Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) recently issued draft regulations for the second phase of its solar renewable energy certificate program, known as “SREC II”. The aim of the SREC II program is to...more

1/17/2014 - Brownfield Properties Green Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Shift to Modular Platforms Raises New Issues for Manufacturers and Suppliers

One way in which next-generation manufacturing is impacting the automotive industry is the movement toward modular architecture. These designs use common underpinnings for various models across a variety of vehicle segments,...more

11/21/2013 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Patents Product Recalls Safety Precautions Suppliers Trade Secrets

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

10/10/2013 - Canning v NLRB DaimlerChrysler DaimlerChrysler v Bauman Declaratory Judgments Foreign Corporations Jurisdiction Labor-Managment Relations Act Lanham Act Lexmark Lexmark v Static Control Components Licenses Medtronic v Boston Scientific Mercedes-Benz Patents Recess Appointments Royalties SCOTUS Subsidiaries Unions Unite Here 355 v Mulhall

Supreme Court to Consider General Jurisdiction Over Foreign Parent Based on U.S. Subsidiary

On Monday, April 22, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, which asks whether a foreign parent corporation can be subject to suit in the United States for wrongs allegedly committed by a...more

4/26/2013 - Auto Manufacturers Jurisdiction Parent Corporation SCOTUS Subsidiaries

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of International Trade Secret Dispute

Even as the Obama administration is announcing an effort to crack down on international trade secret theft, the Fifth Circuit has released a ruling reminding companies just how difficult it can be to go to court on their own...more

3/21/2013 - Barack Obama China Jurisdiction Misappropriation Multinationals Trade Secrets

Administration Announces Strategy for Protecting U.S. Trade Secrets

Theft of trade secrets by persons acting on behalf of foreign governments and corporations is a major problem for U.S. manufacturers, including manufacturers in the automotive industries. Spurred by several high-profile...more

3/18/2013 - Automotive Industry Barack Obama Theft Trade Secrets

Supreme Court Hears Argument on States’ Ability to Exclude Public Records Access for Non-Citizens

On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in McBurney v. Young, No. 12-17, a case with potentially major implications for businesses that use state freedom of information acts (FOIAs) to obtain...more

2/22/2013 - Commerce Clause Confidential Information Data Sellers FOIA McBurney v Young Non-Citizens Privileges and Immunities Public Records SCOTUS Trade Secrets

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