Siddhartha Venkatasen

Siddhartha Venkatasen

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Trade Secret Sauce: Trade Secrets, Not Copyright, Protect Chefs

While they say that a grand jury could “indict a ham sandwich,” the First Circuit recently reminded chefs that you can’t copyright a chicken sandwich. Specifically, a former employee of a Puerto Rican Church’s Chicken...more

9/18/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Franchisee Franchises Franchisors Grand Juries Restaurant Industry Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

Securing your Network: Claiming Contacts as Trade Secrets

The paradigmatic trade secret is something that is obviously technical, such as source code or the formula for Coke. Though trade secrets protection is not limited to technical trade secrets, it can sometimes be tricky to...more

6/9/2015 - Cal Code of Civil Procedure Contacts List Customer Lists Discovery Trade Secrets

March 2015 Recap

March 2015—like January and February—saw decisions on a variety of fronts from ND Cal judges. ND Cal judges demonstrated their willingness to apply the Supreme Court’s decisions in Nautilus and Alice to invalidate patents on...more

4/13/2015 - Biosimilars BPCIA CFAA Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Sandoz v Amgen Trade Secrets

Inside Job – Judge Labson Freeman Applies the CFAA Restrictively

Koninklijke Phillips N.V., et. al. v. Elec-Tech Int’l Co., Ltd., et al.,, Case No. 14-cv-02737 (BLF) (March 20, 2015) - Plaintiff Koninklijke Phillips N.V. (Phillips) and its subsidiary Phillips Lumileds Lighting...more

4/6/2015 - CFAA Misappropriation State Law Claims Technology Trade Secrets

Snow Joke: The Weather Channel Zaps Trade Secrets Misappropriation Claims

We have written before about business collaborations gone sour that lead to trade secret misappropriation lawsuits.  In a recent example, The Weather Channel convinced a court to wash away claims that its use of data from a...more

3/9/2015 - Breach of Contract License Agreements Misappropriation Trade Secrets

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Giving Someone Trade Secrets Injures the Owner, and Using Them Does Too

How do two companies end up liable for nearly $50 million in damages relating to confidential, trade secret materials? Like many romances gone awry, this tale arose from actions taken under cover of secrecy that did not look...more

8/4/2014 - Hallmark Theft Trade Secrets UTSA

U.S. v. Yeh Illustrates The Challenges In International Trade Secrets Cases

On March 14, 2014, a Texas jury acquitted former Texas Instruments (“TI”) employee Ellen Chen Yeh on all counts brought against her arising from her admitted downloading of Texas Instruments proprietary information before...more

4/11/2014 - Employment Policies Texas Instruments Trade Secrets

Time For The White House To Step In? Patchwork State Fracking Regulations Will Spawn FOIA And Trade Secrets Lawsuits

With a growing number of states demanding disclosure of its fracking recipes, the oil and gas industry is fighting to plug what it views as government-mandated leaks in its trade secrets pipeline....more

5/15/2013 - Disclosure FOIA Fracking Trade Secrets

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