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Recent Developments Again Call for Timely Review of Restrictive Covenants

We have suggested before that employers should view non-competition and other restrictive agreements as “live” documents, warranting regular examination to ensure they are deployed with appropriate precision and account for...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Denies Employee's Claim to Patent Ownership Based on Pay Dispute with Employer

Under the “hired to invent” doctrine, employees who develop intellectual property during the course of their employment generally have no ownership rights to such innovations. Earlier this month, the North Carolina Supreme...more

New Weapon For Manufacturers: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), which provides a federal civil cause of action to manufacturers for the misappropriation of trade secrets under the Economic...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law

In an era of unprecedented integration and collaboration in the healthcare industry, providers, payors, contractors and patients are exchanging information at an ever expanding pace. This collaboration includes sharing best...more

Five Questions You Should Ask About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

What Is the DTSA and How Is It Different From the Uniform Trade Secrets Act? Until recently, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) allowed for federal trade secret actions by the U.S. Department of Justice. The...more

Shhhhh! Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Remember when you, as an employer, asked an attorney to prepare a contract containing a covenant not to compete? Or maybe you, as an employee, had questions about such a covenant. Or, perhaps, an attorney prepared a...more

Trade Secrets Now Federally Protected Intellectual Property

Some of the most valuable intellectual property that companies own — their trade secrets — now enjoy federal protection, alongside patents, trademarks and copyrights. Designed to strengthen and supplement the protection of...more

Quirky Question #281: Deploying the DTSA

Question: We believe our former employee recently stole some of our trade secrets and went to a competitor. Can we rely on the Defend Trade Secrets Act to bring suit in federal court?...more

Attorney General Madigan Sues Jimmy John’s over Non-Compete Agreements

On Wednesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against fast-food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois claiming that Jimmy John’s and its franchises unlawfully...more

Practical Steps for Employers Following Passage of the Federal Trade Secrets Act

California has long provided protection for a company’s trade secrets through the California version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”). On May 12, 2016, new federal protection for trade secrets became effective under...more

Trump, Captain America, Deadpool and the Impact on Florida Non-Competition Agreements

Competition is the name of the game this summer. The presidential hopefuls travel the country competing for votes. After knocking out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and more than a dozen other Republican Presidential hopefuls,...more

Attention Employers: Action Required Before Having Employees or Contractors Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

In May, President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, the details of which we reported in a recent Akerman Practice Update. The Act allows companies for the first time to bring trade secret...more

The Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Retailers Should Know

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA), creating the first Federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA overlaps substantially with,...more

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets: Make a Federal Case Out of It (Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act)

Last month, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law, which permits plaintiffs to bring civil claims for misappropriation of trade secrets in federal court. While trade secret theft has been a...more

Five Steps to Guarding Your Trade Secrets

Have you ever wondered what makes your Coke and KFC wings taste so marvelous? While many do wonder, the true recipes have never been revealed. The Coca Cola formula and KFC recipe are two of the most valuable, closely-guarded...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act requires immediate review of confidentiality agreements with employees and contractors

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a new federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. Although the DTSA provides several new changes to trade secret...more

Strategies for Complying with the Notice Provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to provide a federal cause of action to private companies for trade secret...more

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L....more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What You Should Do Now

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law. The DTSA is an expansion of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and generally authorizes a civil action in federal court for the...more

New Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Include Disclaimers in All Confidential Information Agreements

On May 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The new law takes immediate effect and will provide important new federal protections against unauthorized disclosure of...more

Obama Signs Law Giving Trade Secrets Federal Protection

A company’s confidential trade secrets are their most coveted assets and give a company a competitive edge over its competitors. Such trade secrets may include product specifications and formulas, recipes, computer...more

Pssst, The Secret Is Knowing What You Can’t Do With The Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) became law with President Obama’s signature on May 11, 2016. The DTSA is an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and, for the first time, affords a federal private right of...more

Take Notice (And Give Notice!): The “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016” (DTSA) Requires Immediate Employer Action

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, creating the first federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. One provision of the DTSA requires immediate action by...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Creates New Federal Claim For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, creating a federal civil right of action for the theft of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets had been protected only at...more

New Federal Trade Secret Act: What Businesses Need To Know

Trade secrets are the oldest form of intellectual property and, unlike patents, trademarks and copyrights, the value of a trade secret arises from others not knowing the secret. Companies such as Coca-Cola, WD-40, Heinz 57,...more

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