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Walter Judge

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

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Can your social media contacts be a trade secret of your employer? Maybe.

This is a relatively new legal subject, so there isn’t much law out there.  In December, 2011, a Pennsylvania federal court answered this question in the negative.  In the case of Eagle v. Morgan, Linda Eagle, the founder of...more

3/31/2015 - Contacts List Former Employee LinkedIn Misappropriation Popular Social Media Trade Secrets

Second Strike Out for Alleged Patent Troll

In May 2013 the State of Vermont sued MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC for alleged consumer fraud arising from its letters sent to Vermont businesses claiming patent infringement. Since then, the parties have been disputing ...more

1/19/2015 - Patent Infringement Patent Trolls Patents

United States Court of Appeals Dismisses MPHJ Technology Investments Appeal

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C., has ?dismissed the appeal of MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC from an order of the United States District Court in Vermont that favored the...more

8/14/2014 - Jurisdiction Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents

Vermont supreme court makes radical change to premises liability law

In a significant decision issued on Friday, July 18, 2014, involving a retail store, the Vermont Supreme Court has abolished the old premises liability distinction between “business invitees” (i.e., customers) and licensees...more

7/25/2014 - Corporate Counsel Negligence Premises Liability Reasonable Care Retailers

Vermont Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Vermont And Against Alleged Patent Troll In Preliminary Decision

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell won a major victory in his groundbreaking effort to use state law to crack down on “patent trolls.” In State of Vermont v. MPHJ, LLC, the Vermont federal court has rejected the...more

4/17/2014 - Jurisdiction Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents State of Vermont v MPHJ

Alleged Patent Troll Targeted By Vermont Attorney General

Previously, we posted about Governor Peter Shumlin signing into law Vermont’s first-in-the-nation (and so far only-in-the-nation) patent troll legislation helping Vermont businesses protect themselves from bad faith patent...more

9/26/2013 - Abuse of Process Bad Faith Patent Infringement Patent Trolls Patents

Seed of Patent Infringement Germinates Between Organic Farmers and Monsanto

In a significant legal decision with a connection to Vermont’s farming community, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed that organic farmers cannot obtain a judicial declaration to prevent...more

6/26/2013 - Farms Genetically Engineered Seed Infringement Monsanto Organic Patents

Speaking Of . . . Trade Secrets - Damages For Misappropriation Can Be Full Refund Of Ex-Employee’s Severance Pay

When your trade secrets are stolen, you might sue the ex-employee who stole them, or the competing business that’s now in possession of them, or both. What’s an appropriate measure of damages when your trade secrets are...more

3/15/2013 - Damages Misappropriation Severance Pay Trade Secrets

Speaking Of . . . Trade Secrets - Misappropriation Justice Has International Reach: Connecticut Court Has Jurisdiction Over...

An important federal appeals court has determined that a Connecticut court has jurisdiction over a Canadian citizen whose only act in Connecticut was accessing information on a computer server located in Connecticut. In...more

3/7/2013 - Internet Jurisdiction Long Arm Statute Misappropriation Trade Secrets

Speaking Of . . . Trade Secrets - Misappropriation Justice Has International Reach: Connecticut Court Has Jurisdiction Over...

An important federal appeals court has determined that a Connecticut court has jurisdiction over a Canadian citizen whose only act in Connecticut was accessing information on a computer server located in Connecticut. In...more

3/5/2013 - Internet Jurisdiction Long Arm Statute Misappropriation Trade Secrets

Speaking Of . . . Insurance Coverage - Is There Coverage For Alleged “Disparagement” Of Another Company’s Product? One California...

We previously discussed the troubling issues of: a) whether your company’s insurance policy(ies) actually provides coverage for claims of IP infringement, and b) which of your policies is the one(s) you should be looking to...more

2/4/2013 - Advertising Injury Disparagement Infringement Liability Insurance Libel Patents Split of Authority Trade Libel Trademarks Unfair Competition

Speaking Of . . . Copyrights | Did Avatar Rip Off Bats And Butterflies? California Court Says No.

Misunderstood heroes. Space travel. Alien worlds. Humanoids. Greed. Imperialism. Violence. Exploitation. Intercultural war. Redemption. And Copyright Infringement? Everyone’s seen the movie Avatar. How many...more

12/19/2012 - Avatar Copyright Infringement Substantially Similar

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