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Of Documents and Dumpsters: The Sixth Circuit Affirms Convictions for Theft of Hybrid Car Secrets from GM

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the convictions of co-conspirator couple Yu Qin and Shanshan Du, who were convicted in 2012 of trade secrets theft. A jury in the Eastern District of Michigan had found that Du...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue June 2014 -- Protecting Trade Secrets Globally: Comparing The U.S. And EU

International attention to misappropriation of trade secrets has never been at a higher level. In early May 2014, a U.S. federal grand jury indicted several Chinese military officials for allegedly misappropriating trade...more

Getting An $800,000 Assist From The Government: Referring Trade Secret Theft For Criminal Prosecution Pays Off

We rely on the federal government for a lot of things, but helping a corporation recover attorney’s fees is not something that immediately comes to mind. ...more

US China Trade War Newsletter

Dear Friends, There have been major developments in the trade, solar cells, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. REASON FOR THIS NEWSLETTER - Some readers have commented that this newsletter is...more

New Draft UAE Anti-Counterfeit Law What It Means For Retailers

A new law aimed at combating counterfeit goods has just passed through the UAE’s Federal National Council and is expected to become law shortly. This measure is part of the UAE’s drive to adopt international standards when it...more

The World in US Courts: Winter 2014: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border...

The global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is pleased to announce the Winter 2014 issue of The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and Cross-Border...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

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-23 -- Dec 13, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Triaging Trade Secret Theft

As the size, complexity, and interconnectedness of modern companies’ IT infrastructures has increased, so too has the risk of corporate espionage and cyber attacks targeting companies’ intellectual property. In-house and...more

Can Reverse Payments In Patent Settlements Constitute Criminal Cartel Conduct?

It is a well-established and universally accepted principle of competition law that a payment by one competitor to another competitor not to enter a market is anticompetitive, and in Australia since 2010 a criminal offence....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

Protecting Trade Secrets In Russia

The primary laws governing Russian trade secrets are the Information Law and the Trade Secret Law. The Civil Code, the Labor Code, the Criminal Code, and the Code of Administrative Offenses provide additional statutory...more

Website Operator Permitted to Revoke Access of Previously Authorized User Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) (18 U.S.C. § 1030) levies penalties on a person who "intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtains... information from any...more

Bill Bandwagon: Senators Draft Measure To Expand The Economic Espionage Act

Yet another federal trade secrets bill may soon join the growing stack of legislation already under consideration in Congress. ...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

Global Connection - May 2013: Counterfeit Electronic Components in the Supply Chain—Avoiding and Coping with U.S. Customs...

On May 21, 2012, the Senate Armed Services Committee issued a report of its inquiry into counterfeit parts in the Department of Defense Supply Chain. The Committee’s report stated that the problem of counterfeit electronic...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

The Storm Has Arrived: Cybersecurity, Risks And Response

Every day the headlines report another Fortune 500 company suffering a hacking incident. For companies, the hack itself creates substantial risks of economic devastation caused by the theft of valuable trade secrets. Add to...more

The Rising Threat Of Trade Secrets Theft

One of the drawbacks of a global economy is the rise in trade secret theft. In the absence of a seamless global enforcement infrastructure foreign actors have had little fear of being caught and suffering any consequences. ...more

Congress Raises the Stakes for Theft of Trade Secrets with Passage of Two New Laws

The old adage that crime does not pay rings particularly true in the aftermath of two pieces of recent legislation aimed at raising the penalties for trade secret theft: the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act and the...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

Amendments to the Economic Espionage Act Broaden Trade Secret Protection

Protecting and enforcing trade secrets in the United States has historically been challenging. Recent amendments to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (the "EEA"), which criminalizes theft of trade secrets, broaden the scope...more

Global Connection - November 2012

In This Issue: - Editor’s Letter - Please Tell Me How This Ends: Determining a Client’s Status in a Grand Jury Investigation - ITC Section 337 Practice: Beyond Patent Infringement - Conference Highlights —...more

The Reality of Compliance: The Individual Employee

I have had more than one corporate general counsel tell me that anti-corruption compliance is not very effective in protecting against foreign bribery. Their argument is that a company’s compliance program boils down to the...more

Murphy – 2, Football Association Premier League – 2

On 4 October 2011 the Court of Justice (the "CoJ") handed down its much awaited judgment on questions referred to it from the English High Court. The questions related to two joined cases, including Ms. Murphy's well...more

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