T. Vann Pearce, Jr.

T. Vann Pearce, Jr.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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“It’s a Free Country, Right?” Court Declines to Enjoin Ex-Free Country Ltd. Employees From Contacting Customers on Purloined...

Within days of each other, your clothing company?Free Country Ltd.?loses two employees who decamp to a rival to set up a competing apparel line. You discover that just before leaving, they transferred some 50,000 documents...more

1/20/2017 - Client Data Confidential Information Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Fashion Industry Intellectual Property Protection Misappropriation Non-Compete Agreements Preliminary Injunctions Restraining Orders Trade Secrets

The Alice Effect on 3D Printing

3D printing technology evolves through advances in software, hardware, and materials. Inventions in 3D printing hardware and materials are eligible for U.S. patent protection. Software is a different story. The U.S. Supreme...more

11/30/2016 - 3D Printing Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Intellectual Property Protection Patents Popular Section 101 Software

PUT YOUR DOCS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM: Seattle Police Enjoined From Disclosing Software Secrets in Public Records Act Dispute

What happens when trade secret protections collide with laws granting public access to government records? This question took center stage in a recent case involving the Seattle Police Department (“SPD”). A federal district...more

10/13/2016 - Crime Statistics Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Disclosure FRCP 19 Intellectual Property Protection Law Enforcement News Stories Police Preliminary Injunctions Public Records Public Records Act Restraining Orders Software Software Developers Trade Secrets

Early Returns (Part 3 of 3): California Federal Court First to Rule Under New Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Here at TSW, we continue to watch closely the case law developing under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which attempts to harmonize divergent state laws by creating a single federal framework for trade...more

6/30/2016 - Confidential Information Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Intellectual Property Protection Medical Equipment Misappropriation Preliminary Injunctions Trade Secrets TRO

Haven’t You Heard? Trade Secret Theft Can Occur in Unusual Ways

A recent development from the 3D printing world reminds us that threats of trade secret misappropriation are more varied than cyber-espionage or the disgruntled employee taking confidential information to a competitor. With...more

3/16/2016 - 3D Printing Confidential Information Corporate Counsel Misappropriation Trade Secrets Young Lawyers

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

DONATE, DON’T TELL? The Red Cross says it has trade secrets, upsetting activists

Can a non-profit charity have trade secrets? The Red Cross thinks so. Its claim to trade secret protection over information related to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts made headlines and left some journalists and activists...more

7/18/2014 - American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Non-Profits Trade Secrets

White House Reins in ITC on Standard-Essential Patents

On Aug. 3, 2013, the Obama Administration vetoed the U.S. International Trade Commission’s June 4 order excluding certain Apple Inc. (“Apple”) products from import because they were found to infringe a standard-essential...more

8/6/2013 - Apple ITC Legislative Vetoes Patent Infringement Samsung Standard Essential Patents

District Court Judge Enjoins Standards-Essential Patent Owner From Enforcing ITC Exclusion Order

In a growing body of legal authority regarding standards-essential patents (SEPs), Northern District of California Judge Ronald Whyte ruled Monday that an owner of SEPs violated its licensing commitments by initiating a U.S....more

5/22/2013

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