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U.S. v. Yeh Illustrates The Challenges In International Trade Secrets Cases

On March 14, 2014, a Texas jury acquitted former Texas Instruments (“TI”) employee Ellen Chen Yeh on all counts brought against her arising from her admitted downloading of Texas Instruments proprietary information before...more

Ex-SanDisk Employee Arrested In Japan, Civil Suits Filed In The Wake Of Alleged Flash Memory Trade Secrets Misappropriation

Technology firms SanDisk and Toshiba recently filed trade secrets lawsuits on opposite sides of the Pacific, each alleging misappropriation by a third party stemming from the two companies’ joint venture....more

Did You Do Enough to Protect Your Trade Secrets?

On January 21, 2014, Mozaffar Khazaee, a naturalized American who maintained dual citizenship with his native Iran, was indicted in Connecticut on two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries with...more

BREAKING: David Nosal Sentenced To Prison On CFAA Computer Intrusion And Trade Secret Charges

Former Korn/Ferry recruiter David Nosal was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Wednesday for violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Economic Espionage Act. In April, a federal jury in...more

Court Requires Employer To Pay Legal Fees Of Ex-Employee Charged With Trade Secret Theft

On October 16, 2013, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that Goldman Sachs must advance the legal fees of a former employee charged with stealing Goldman’s source code. The order is the latest twist in a case that...more

The “I Was Just Trying To Land A New Job” Defense To Criminal Trade Secret Theft Charges

On February 28, 2008, Hanjuan Jin, a Chinese-born former software engineer for Motorola, arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport en route to Beijing. During a random customs check, officials discovered that she had a one-way...more

HTC Execs Arrested For Allegedly Selling Trade Secrets To China: Why U.S. Companies Should Take Note

The recent arrest and likely prosecution of three executives at Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC Corporation may foreshadow an era of tougher prosecutions under Taiwan’s newly amended Trade Secrets Act. Although the arrests...more

Printing Hard Copies Of Stolen Source Code: The Difference Between Freedom And Incarceration In The Second Circuit

Whenever an appeals court kicks off a 65-page opinion by describing you (or your client) as a thief, and posits that the question before it is whether you’ve been properly convicted of thievery, you know you’re in trouble. ...more

Protecting Trade Secrets In Germany

As Europe’s largest economy, one might expect Germany to provide robust protection of intellectual property assets such as trade secrets....more

The Conflicting Rules on Employee Data Theft

In all jurisdictions the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. 1030, the federal computer crime statute, applies to former employees who steal data from the company computer, but in two federal circuits it does not...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Restrictive Covenants, Federal Trade Secret Enforcement Initiative, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Liability for...

In the area of trade secrets and non-compete law, there continue to be notable developments at the state and federal levels. Here are five recent ones. ...more

Why Go To The Movies?

Summer has arrived. The Hollywood blockbusters are here. New animated features hit the big screens this week. Superman is flying once more. Sure, if the movies are your cup of tea, then summer is your annual thirst...more

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Rep. Zoe Lofgren Proposes New Legislation, Including A Civil Cause Of Action For Trade Secret Misappropriation

We previously reported on the downpour of recent trade secret activity in Congress. Last week, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.) added to the deluge by introducing two bills bearing on trade secret misappropriation...more

Power Move: Referring Trade Secrets Theft To The Government For Criminal Prosecution

You’ve just discovered that an employee who recently left your company took your company’s valuable trade secrets with him to his new employer. What are your options?...more

Federal Jury Finds Executive Recruiter Guilty Stealing Trade Secrets From Former Employer In Order to Start Competing Business

On April 24, 2013, a federal jury in the Northern District of California found former Korn/Ferry International corporate executive recruiter, David Nosal, guilty on six counts of conspiracy, stealing trade secrets, and...more

Spring 2013 Eye on China Newsletter

Legal News: Eye on China Quarterly Newsletter offers companies helpful insight as they successfully navigate China’s complex and ever-changing legal and regulatory environment. In this issue, we focus on the following...more

New Laws Increase Criminal Liability For Disclosure Of Trade Secrets: Are You Protected?

Two new criminal laws underscore the value of trade secrets as a critical asset to a corporation. These new laws, the Trade Secrets Clarification Act (TSCA) and the Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act...more

Employee Wrongfully Terminated for Refusing to Engage in Criminal Copyright Infringement

Adam Young worked for an architecture firm, Nortex Foundation Designs Inc. in Fort Worth Texas as a drafter. He was hired in 2001 and designed foundation plans based on copyrighted architectural designs that Nortex provided...more

Federal Law Provides Enhanced Trade Secret Protection for Employers

Most people know that an employee who misuses his employer’s confidential information may be subject to damages in a civil lawsuit. Many states have enacted a Uniform Trade Secrets Act that allows an employer to pursue a...more

Distribution in China – Legal Issues Part IV. Drafting the Distribution Contract

“Distribution in China – Legal Issues” is a four-part series. Part I discussed the business models and legal structures most commonly used for distribution in China. Part II looked at important issues to consider in the...more

District Court in California Provides Further Clarification as to the Scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

On March 12, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a ruling clarifying the reach of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) when employees access computer systems. The decision...more

Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012: A Powerful New Weapon for Businesses

On December 28, 2012, the President signed the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, which significantly expands trade secret protection by extending criminal penalties to the theft of a wider class of trade...more

Expansion Of The Economic Espionage Act Broadens Protection For Trade Secrets

In the summer of 2009, in an office at Goldman Sachs, in the waning hours of his last day of employment, a computer programmer named Sergey Aleynikov encrypted more than 500,000 lines of source code from Goldman’s proprietary...more

Confidentiality From The Boardroom To The Bedroom

Sometimes we can learn valuable employment law lessons from even the non-employment law court decisions. What happens if the boardroom meeting to discuss your company’s trade secrets ends up as pillow talk between an...more

Corporate Law Report: Economic Espionage Act, Top FCPA Enforcement Actions, Trademark Audits, and More  [Video]

Watch our latest Corporate Law Report for a round of executive speed dating, law firm style. Included in the mix: FICA tax changes in 2013; veganism as a religion (and what that means for the workplace); overtime hours;...more

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