Thomas Dye

Thomas Dye

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Jury Awards $58.7 Million for Trade Secret Misappropriation After Technology Disclosure Pursuant to NDA

On March 6, in a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas case, Texas Advanced Optoelectric Solutions (TAOS) Inc. obtained a verdict against Intersil Corp. (Nasdaq: ISIL) for trade secret misappropriation, breach...more

3/12/2015 - Breach of Contract IP Litigation Jury Awards Misappropriation Patent Infringement Patents Tortious Interference Trade Secrets

Protecting Innovation and Competitive Advantage: Trade Secrets v. Patents

Patents have long been a method of protecting business innovation. However, before any patent is obtained, confidential innovation that has economic value and is not generally known may already be a trade secret, if it is the...more

3/10/2015 - Misappropriation Proposed Legislation Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

Hallmark Cards Awarded $47 Million for Misappropriation of Four-Year-Old Market Research

The number of data theft/trade secret cases that go to trial is growing, as are the size of the verdicts. For example, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a $47 million total recovery for Hallmark Cards for...more

9/30/2014 - Hallmark Market Research Misappropriation Popular Theft Trade Secrets

Your Electronic Communications to Canada May Now Be Illegal

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) took effect July 1. The act bans commercial electronic messages (CEMs) sent to parties in Canada without consent and the installation of certain functions on computers in Canada without...more

7/8/2014 - Canada CASL Commercial Electronic Messages Consent Social Networks

Congress Weighs New Weapon In Fight Against Business Data Theft

Theft of U.S. corporate trade secrets costs companies an estimated $160 billion to $480 billion annually. The Defend Trade Secrets Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) and Senator Orin Hatch...more

5/19/2014 - Data Protection Private Right of Action Proposed Legislation Trade Secrets

Protecting Trade Secrets From Discovery Disclosure In Florida

Recently, the Second District Court of Appeal of Florida reviewed the steps a trial court should take to protect trade secrets from disclosure in discovery. In Bright House Networks, LLC v. Cassidy, 129 So.3d 501, 2014 WL...more

3/14/2014 - Disclosure Discovery Trade Secrets

Hackers' Withdrawal Of Funds Not Covered Under Property "All Risks" Policy

In Metro Brokers, Inc. v. Transportation Insurance Company, Inc. Civil Action no. 1:12-cv-3010-ODE, (2013), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia applied Georgia contract law to find no...more

1/30/2014 - All-Risks Insurance Banks Cyber Attacks Cybertheft Hackers Withdrawal

European Union To Adopt Union-Wide Trade Secrets Law

In a move heralded by businesses and intellectual property attorneys alike, the European Commission recently indicated that, on Nov. 27, 2013, it will adopt a proposed directive to harmonize national laws making a comparable...more

11/22/2013 - EU European Commission Misappropriation Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

Steps To Consider Before Hiring An Employee from A Competitor To Minimize The Likelihood Of Litigation

Hiring an employee away from a competitor can be a potential legal minefield. It can lead to significant exposure to lawsuits for causes of action including misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of tortious interference...more

5/10/2013 - Competition Hiring & Firing Non-Compete Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Trade Secrets

Decisions Highlight Split In Application Of Computer Fraud And Abuse Act

Trade secret claims have historically derived from state common law causes of action and, subsequently, most states’ adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which codifies that common law and generally proscribes the...more

4/25/2013 - CFAA Federal Jurisdiction Misappropriation Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts US v Nosal

U.S. Supreme Court Applies "First Sale" Copyright Doctrine To Allow Import And Sale Of Gray Goods

On March 19, the United States Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013 WL 1104736, held that the "first sale" doctrine, as codified in the Copyright Act, applies to copyrighted works lawfully manufactured...more

3/27/2013 - Copyright Exports First Sale Doctrine Grey Market Imports Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons SCOTUS

Congress Acts To Strengthen Federal Trade Secret Protection

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, (the TTSCA), S. 3642, which broadens the scope of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. Sections 1831-39)....more

1/16/2013 - Aleynikov Economic Espionage Act Espionage Misappropriation Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act Trade Secrets US v Aleynikov

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