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President Expected to Sign New Federal Trade Secret Law

After years of debate and multiple versions proposed, withdrawn, revised and debated by both Houses of Congress, legislation that would for the first time federalize trade secrets law is headed to the White House for...more

U.S. Congress Creates Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

For the first time in this nation’s history, the U.S. will have a federal trade secrets law that allows private citizens to enforce their trade secrets and sue for damages. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of...more

The Trade Secrets Bill Proceeds to the President's Desk

On April 27, the House of Representatives by a 410-2 vote passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing trade secrets with a degree of...more

Congress Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law

On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will effectively federalize trade secrets law. President Obama, a supporter of the legislation, has indicated he will sign the Bill, which...more

Landmark Trade Secret Law Establishes New Rights and Remedies

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 aims to modernize and strengthen trade secret law. The most significant trade secret reform in decades is about to become law. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) will...more

Wave of Federal Trade Secret Decisions Soon to Hit State Courts

Late yesterday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute that creates a new federal civil cause of action for trade secret theft. The new statute, called the Defense of Trade Secrets...more

The Ink Isn’t Dry

What rights based in copyright law does a tattoo artist have in a tattoo itself, and to what extent can an artist use those rights to restrict the rights of others, including the people whose skin has been inked?...more

What Does the Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for Your Business?

Congress passed federal trade secrets legislation today. On April 4, 2016, the Senate passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Soon after, on April 20, 2016, the House Committee approved S. 1890 by...more

Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets

Late yesterday, in a departure from the partisan gridlock that has gripped Washington, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a sweeping new statute to protect trade secrets. The legislation, which...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House, Moves to President for Signature

One week after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously reported the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 to the House floor, the full House approved the bill, 410-2. The two no votes were from tea party Republicans, Rep....more

Restrictive Covenants: Do Yours Meet a Changing Landscape?

Restrictive covenants are an important tool for businesses concerned about the protection of their confidential business information and the costs of employee training and turnover. When properly crafted and utilized,...more

Who Should Own a Trademark Registration? The Case of the Not-So-Related Parent Company

A recent precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision provides valuable guidance on the proper allocation of trademark registration ownership as between a corporate parent and a subsidiary, highlighting the perils...more

Quirky Question # 276: Ex-Employees Gone Rogue

Question: Our company utilizes confidentiality agreements to try to protect our confidential and proprietary information. One of our former sales employees recently left us to work for a competing company. We have evidence...more

Medical Software Company Wins $940 Million in Trade Secret Case

A jury recently awarded Epic Systems Corporation (“Epic”), a medical software company, $940 million in damages in a case against Tata Consultancy Services Limited (“Tata”) involving theft of Epic’s trade secrets and...more

Covenant Not to Sue Insufficient to Warrant Dismissal of Counterclaims Where Covenant Contained Reservation of Rights

The plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss the defendants' patent invalidity counterclaims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. Rule 12(b)(1) because the plaintiff withdrew its patent infringement...more

Foundation for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan v. Alcon Entertainment (N.D. Georgia, March 23, 2016)

Rarely does one think of copyright issues surrounding how research is conducted for feature films that are based on real life events, but 54 Sudanese refugees are forging that new connection between research and copyright in...more

Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin - USDC, C.D. California, April 8, 2016

In copyright infringement action over iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” filed more than 40 years after song was first released, district court partially denies defendants’ motion for summary judgment, allowing...more

Three Point Shot - March 2016

California Court to PGA Tour Caddies: You'll Get Nothing and Like It! As the full swing of the PGA season rounds the corner, and with the azaleas blooming at Augusta, the trusted confidants of golf's premier players...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: FLANAX, Fishing Tackle, Football Players and More

Summaries of Recent Precedential and Informative Appellate Opinions - Trademark Opinions - Owners of Foreign Marks May Sue Under Lanham Act Without Using Marks in the US: Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG,...more

Stent Contract Collapses Standing Argument - TriReme Med., LLC v. AngioScore, Inc.

Addressing the issue of when patent rights are assigned under a contract, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the district court’s finding that a prospective inventor had surrendered his rights to an...more

Franchisee Can’t Work Its Way Out of Trademark Infringement and Breach of Contract Litigation on Jurisdictional Grounds

An out-of-state franchisee sought to escape the reach of the Massachusetts District Court in a breach of contract and trademark infringement litigation filed by its Massachusetts-based franchisor. But, the parties quickly...more

Trademark Series: Famous Marks in Canada

Adidas, Veuve Clicquot, Barbie… When is a mark considered “famous” in Canada, and do famous marks enjoy special protection? A handful of Canadian cases have outlined the court’s treatment of well-known brands: Sure, Barbie is...more

If the Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, How Will it Affect Trade Secrets in Arizona?

If enacted, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) could change how some trade secret misappropriation claims are litigated in Arizona. Trade secret plaintiffs generally must bring claims for misappropriation in state...more

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an attractive global business centre and gateway to the wider Middle East region for international companies seeking to commercialise and exploit their brands, products and...more

Question #272: Competing in California

Question: One of our company’s employees recently left to start a competing business. We think he started this process while he was still employed by us, and that he is probably using information he learned from us. ...more

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