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Landmark Trade Secrets Law Creates New Federal Civil Cause of Action and Compliance Obligations for All Employers

Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The landmark legislation is significant. For the first time, federal civil protection is afforded to trade secrets alongside copyrights,...more

New Federal Law to Require Immediate Change to Agreements Governing Trade Secrets

The new federal trade secret law will likely require immediate action for all businesses that use trade secrets or other confidential information. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which is expected to be...more

Two Things You Can Do To Reduce the Likelihood That Your Company Will Be Found Liable For Conspiring Or Aiding And Abetting In An...

When companies sue their former employees for theft they often claim that the former employee’s new employer has conspired with the former employee to misappropriate trade secrets, or that that new employer has aided and...more

Five tips for London's startup community in 2016

London's Tech City has grown enormously from its birth in 2010 to now become the sixth most significant area for Tech startups globally and the first in the EU. Figures out early January from Companies House have shown that...more

Steps Every Startup Should Take to Protect its Intellectual Property

Many startup entrepreneurs are not aware of California’s laws around the ownership of intellectual property. And for most, the concepts for products or services are the life-blood of a company’s operations and future....more

eBook Doing Business in Massachusetts: A Guide to U.S. and Massachusetts Law for Non-U.S. Businesses

This guide is intended to provide foreign business-people with an introduction to the basic kinds of laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in the United States, and particularly in The Commonwealth of...more

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Are Your Trade Secrets Safe?

A few years back, we had a client – a manufacturing business – that decided to sue an ex-employee for stealing its trade secrets. Our client had developed a process that was unique. Using this process, it was able to...more

If You Have Confidential Information, Keep It Confidential!

I’ve been involved in many cases where it is alleged that someone violated his or her non-compete agreement or misappropriated the company’s confidential information or trade secrets. Often, the key issue has been not what...more

Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more

What Employees Need to Know about IP Protection

Do your employees understand the importance of intellectual property (IP) to your company and steps that they should be taking to protect it? Do they recognize that exposing proprietary information, such as product...more

Taking Your Business International

Going international is a complicated undertaking. The steps required will depend on your specific situation and concerns. The following outlines, in very general terms, some of the issues you must consider as you begin to...more

Two Claims You May Not Want To Make In North Carolina

I said yesterday that there was too much in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2015 NCBC 47 for just one post, so here are the rest of the key points from the case. They involve two claims you might not want to bother to make in...more

Do Your Employee Confidential Information Agreements Protect Your Social Media Assets?

Employers routinely execute confidential information agreements with key employees. These agreements prohibit the employee from using or otherwise disclosing the employer’s confidential and proprietary business information...more

3 Things Small Business Owners Don't Include in Their Year-End Planning, But Should

When it comes to year-end planning, what's the one thing most small business owners don't do but should? That's the question we put to attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the diversity of insights would make...more

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

What Chinese Businesses Need to Know About Establishing an R&D Center in the United States

There is increasing interest from Chinese businesses in establishing an R&D center in the Silicon Valley and other technology centers in the United States. For example, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, China Mobile,...more

NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions”

NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions” by Michael Cifelli on September 23, 2013 Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will not be dismissed from the securities classaction lawsuit...more

DOL Confirms FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Married Couples

DOL Confirms FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Married Couples by Michael Cifelli on September 4, 2013 Roughly two months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S....more

Is Your Workplace Going to the Dogs? Managing Pet Friendly Policies

Is Your Workplace Going to the Dogs? Managing Pet Friendly Policies by Christina M. Michelson on August 26, 2013 Companies are increasingly adopting pet-friendly policies as a way to attract and retain employees....more

Terminating an Employee Without Damaging Your Company’s Reputation

Terminating an Employee Without Damaging Your Company’s Reputation by Gary S. Young on August 23, 2013 Recently, the termination of an AOL employee made the news headlines. The controversy was occasioned when Chief...more

Has Your Business Start-up Registered Its Trademarks?

Has Your Business Start-up Registered Its Trademarks? by Kenneth C. Oh on August 15, 2013 When starting a new business, intellectual property concerns should certainly be on your “To Do” list. Your company’s name,...more

NJ SAFE: New Domestic Violence Law Will Impact Employee Leave Policies

NJ SAFE: New Domestic Violence Law Will Impact Employee Leave Policies by Christina M. Michelson on August 9, 2013 The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE) is now law. The statute provides up to...more

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD by Gary S. Young on August 5, 2013 The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently issued a key decision regarding the proofs required under the...more

Building Good Hiring Strategy - Legal Issues in Hiring & Firing Employees - Employment Law e-book

Introduction to the Hiring Problem The most common hiring mistake is to hire (and even fire) employees like buying (or upgrading) a smartphone or a car, mostly by looking at the specifications (i.e. CV) or brochure....more

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