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Craft Brewery Intellectual Property Primer

A. Introduction - A name. It all starts with a name. A series of words, individually with little meaning, but collectively, the embodiment of creativity, passion, and inspiration. Whether the name of the craft brewery...more

Who Owns What When a Copyrighted Work is Created in the Workplace

Something employers, employees and contractors don’t often consider is the ownership and attribution of copyrighted property created for an employer on behalf of an employee. Copyright has value, so the ownership of it might...more

The spy who came in from the kitchen…

Offering workers the opportunity to work from home has many benefits for both the employee and employer, but it can bring challenges as well. One challenge is handling trade secrets, which are defined as any information that...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 30, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Restrictive Covenants: restrictive covenant providing that an ostentatious site feature, which “may be offensive to adjacent neighbors is unacceptable” was improperly interpreted by architectural...more

Blog: The ABCs of PIIAAs: Protecting Employee-Generated IP

Companies seeking to avoid employment disputes and to secure intellectual property rights to their employees’ inventions should make sure that all employees have signed confidentiality and inventions assignment agreements. ...more

Contractors vs. Employees: The Benefits and Risks of Hiring Outsourced Workers

Alternatives to direct employment are flourishing, as businesses have come to believe they should keep in house only “core” functions and outsource other activities like IT and HR to specialized service providers. This...more

Missouri Court Refuses to Enforce Non-Compete in Staffing Agency Fight Between Kforce and Beacon Hill

A recent case out of the Eastern District of Missouri provides a perfect example of what judges should do when evaluating non-compete agreements: That is to say that judges should conduct a thoughtful analysis that accounts...more

New Year’s Resolutions for Companies Seeking to Protect Their Trade Secrets in 2015

The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to set lofty goals of self-improvement. While the odds of completing a New Year’s resolution aren’t exactly inspiring (over half are expected to fail within six months) studies...more

Fast Food Non-Compete Agreements?

Fast food is very secretive. Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken has eleven secret herbs and spices. Bakers have attempted to reverse engineer Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but it remains a closely held...more

Show Me the License: Is Your Company Ready?

Good record-keeping is a burden. But doing so is important. Here is an example of why it is important to keep good records of all software licenses....more

To Sue or Not to Sue: That Is the Trade Secret Question

You have just learned that a senior member of the company research and development team has resigned. The employee had access to important confidential information about your company’s product development, manufacturing...more

Three Nike Employees Perpetrate Massive Theft of Trade Secrets then Bolt for Adidas

Nike has sued three former employees who left to work for Adidas. The company is suing for everything imaginable: Breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, fraud, conspiracy and more. In a fifty page Complaint, the athletic...more

"insights" Newsletter - Autumn 2014

In this issue: - Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") - Antitrust and Compliance Programs - Staffing Companies and their Clients - Employment Law Update - Impact of the Windsor...more

Enforceability of Confidentiality Agreements – Confidential Information Must Be “Confidential”

For many companies, entering into confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements is common practice when sharing confidential or proprietary information with third parties. However, as the recent case nClosures, Inc. v. Block...more

Social Media and Non-Solicitation Covenants – Another LinkedIn Cautionary Tale, but this One for Employers

Those of you who joined us for our November 13 webinar on “Post-Employment Solicitation of Customers & Employees in the Social Media Age” will be interested in a recent social media-related non-solicitation case from...more

Running Interference: S.D.N.Y. Lays Out Standards for Tortious Interference in Dispute Between Watchmaker and Former Employees

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently cleared the way for a Michigan watchmaker to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation, among other things, against two former employees who left to...more

Banking On Your Executive’s Compliance With the Trade Secrets Law

On behalf of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, the National Bureau of Asian Research published its findings in 2013. Members of the Commission included Craig R. Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of...more

I’m New – And It’s No [Trade] Secret

Greetings – I am pleased to join this group and I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Nicole Bernabo for her contributions. I hope I can meet the standard that Nicole set on this blog. For a little background on what...more

BYOD In Australia - Cool, Cheap And (Potentially) Catastrophic!

THE ALLURE OF THE POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS OF BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE PROGRAMS IS TOO GREAT FOR MANY AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATIONS TO RESIST. Not only do the financials of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs look good (the...more

The Major Threat Presented by a Tiny Thumb Drive

In our modern, ever-electronic, workplace, it continues to become ever-easier for dishonest employees to help themselves to their employer’s most sensitive and valuable assets through wholesale electronic copying of...more

Is a LinkedIn Contact List a Trade Secret? Potentially, Yes

As a LinkedIn user, the decision concerning whether to share your entire list of connections with any individual connection can often implicate a number of strategic questions. As of May 2014, LinkedIn boasts 300 million...more

Patent Office Scandal Identifies Ongoing Need For Whistleblower Hotline Providers & Wage and Hour Training

Have you been following the recent scandal at the US Patent Office? It’s been an interesting case to watch. In late August, the Commerce Department sent a memo to 47,000 employees reminding them that “erroneous...more

She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”

A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for...more

Joan Rivers and Non-Competition Agreements: Can We Talk?

Ms. Rivers’ self-deprecating nature and ability to use laughter to put people either at ease or to otherwise coerce them to divulge information often resulted in her getting the scoop. This unique ability allowed her to...more

Three Point Shot

Female Football Player Throws Flag at LFL over Bare Wages - The three-year championship run of the Los Angeles Temptation was snapped in 2013 when the upstart Chicago Bliss, led by the quarterback and two-time league...more

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