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Non-Compete and Trade Secret Provisions: Protecting Your Company and Assets

Now more than ever, employers must take active steps to protect their confidential information and trade secrets from the prying eyes of competitors. In our digital age, trade secrets can be misappropriated in an instant, and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 24, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria 17 August 2015 - Bourke v Coroners Court [2015] VSC...more

Striking a Balance: Alabama’s Newly-Amended Restrictive Covenant Statute

When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed House Bill 352 into law on June 11, 2015, he repealed Alabama’s bare bones restrictive covenant statute and replaced it with a detailed codification of much of Alabama’s restrictive...more

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

Go Head Over Heels To Protect Trade Secrets (And Other Gymnastics Related Puns)

Face it. No matter what industry you are in and no matter how big your company, there will come a day when one of your most valuable employees doesn't work there anymore. When that happens, it's natural to feel disappointed...more

Sales Of $8,000 Stemming From Trade Secret Misappropriation Results In Liability For $1.3 Million

At a time when an ex-employee’s newly created company was subject to an injunction prohibiting misappropriation of his former employer’s supposed trade secret, the new company allegedly used that confidential information on a...more

Jawbone Cries Foul – Fitbit’s Success Due To Stolen Trade Secrets

Fitbit better watch its step because Jawbone has a serious bone to pick with its competitor. On May 27, 2015, Jawbone, a maker of wearable fitness and activity tracker devices, filed suit in California state court...more

Thieves Among Us? Protecting Trade Secrets From Employee Theft

Employee trade secret theft is a serious problem, and getting worse. According to an analysis of federal court cases filed over a 58-year period, 85 percent of trade secret theft was committed by employees or business...more

New Whitepaper: Reasonable Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Every company has trade secrets (so-called “crown jewels”)– confidential business and technical information – that if exposed, could result in lost sales, competitive advantage or the ability to further innovate....more

How Long Is Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Enforceable? It Depends.

Non-disclosure agreements (“NDA”), or confidentiality agreements, are useful in a variety of contexts, including between teaming partners, contractors and subcontractors, as well as employers and employees. ...more

Maintaining the Magic: Disney's Use of Confidentiality Restrictions to Promote Character Integrity

When your business depends on a carefully-crafted public image, you do not want the public to know how hard you work to maintain that image. These days, that includes preventing your employees from revealing too much via...more

Should Breweries be Worried about Trade Secret Misappropriation?

The craft brewing industry is exploding and there is no sign of it slowing down in the upcoming years. In 2010, the Brewers Association reported 1,813 breweries in the United States. As of 2013, there were over 2,800...more

Hawaii Bans Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements with Technology Workers

Hawaii joined the small list of states that prohibit certain non-compete agreements with employees. On June 26, 2015, Hawaii’s governor David Ige signed Act 158 which voids any “noncompete clause or a nonsolicit clause...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

Hooli Needs New Lawyers on “Silicon Valley”

As is obvious from our many posts on the subject, we here at IP Legal Forum are big fans of the show “Silicon Valley.” That said, its season finale could have used more Jared Dunn (can we give him a spin-off already?), as...more

Alabama’s New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year’s Day?

Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama’s statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code...more

There's A Difference Between "Confidential And Proprietary Information" And A Trade Secret

I can't remember the last time that the Business Court granted a motion opposing the designation of a case as a mandatory complex business case. And since the Business Court Modernization Act went into effect in October...more

Guide to Doing Business in New Zealand: The Country and Government (Updated)

THE COUNTRY - New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific with a population of approximately four million five hundred thousand people from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds. A significant majority of the...more

For Here or To Go? Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Noncompete Agreements, Increase Mobility For Sandwich Makers and Other Low-Wage...

Congress is getting into the non-compete business.  Citing the use of non-compete agreements by companies such as Jimmy John’s sandwich shops, Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill—called the Mobility and Opportunity...more

Competing After Employment (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, Jawbone, a fitness tracking hardware and software maker, sued its arch-rival Fitbit, alleging that Fitbit lured its employees away to obtain access Jawbone’s confidential information and product plans. How...more

How to Keep What is Yours: Practical Considerations for Healthcare IT Protection

One of the worst kept secrets is the experienced and expected growth in healthcare IT. In 2013, over $650 million was invested into healthcare IT companies, and the trend is continuing to grow. Combined with the fact that...more

Play Fair: Guidelines for New Employees Hired from a Competitor

It’s common for customers or clients to want to stick with the person who has been handling their account even when that person moves to a different company. But this situation can create serious issues around trade secrets...more

There Goes the Company’s Trade Secrets … Again

As an employment lawyer, I cannot tell you how many times a panicked employer contacts me when they learn that their confidential, proprietary trade secret information left along with the hot-headed, disgruntled recently...more

Is It Time to Switch Gears? Enforceability of Automotive Company Employee Confidentiality Restrictions

Given the large workforces and importance of intellectual property and trade secrets in the automotive industry, automotive companies rely heavily on confidentiality provisions in employment agreements and employee handbooks....more

North Carolina Business Court Holds Pleading Stage Too Early to Dismiss Broad Non-compete

On May 7, 2015, Judge Gregory McGuire of the North Carolina Business Court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss a claim that a physician’s assistant breached non-competition and non-solicitation provisions in her employment...more

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