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Following our post on U.S. lawsuits concerning the ownership of LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, we report on a recent United Kingdom High Court ruling that considered who was entitled to operate four LinkedIn Groups, and other...more
Ever since the Seventh Circuit decided PepsiCo v. Redmond in 1995, there has been an almost insatiable desire for plaintiff's attorneys to apply the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine to claims of trade secret theft.
While New York law in theory recognizes the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine, a federal district court there, in Janus et Cie v. Andrew Kahnke, recently reinforced the state's hostility to the doctrine by dismissing an...more
The Virginia Trade Secrets Act protects the critical business secrets of a person or individual provided three pre-conditions are met:
1) the information to be protected must fit the definition of a trade secret;...more
Concerned about departing employees who might have confidential information about your business and clients? Or maybe you are the ex-employee and you are unsure of where the line is drawn when departing one job to start...more
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
For the most part, I am deferring extended discussion of the proposed new trade secrets law to my (friendly) competitors, John Marsh of Hahn Loeser and Robert Milligan/Josh Salinas of Seyfarth Shaw. Their posts are excellent...more
Texas recently became the 47th state to adopt a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). The Texas UTSA, taking effect on September 1, 2013, aims to benefit the business community by bringing Texas trade secret law...more
Italy is slowly changing its trade secret laws to conform to international standards....more
For many, Fourth of July festivities wouldn’t be complete without a baseball game, a family barbecue, and of course, fireworks....more
One exceedingly difficult message to convey to clients is this: A judge may not view your case as importantly as you do....more
Pizza the Action is a major distributor of pizza dough and toppings and provides these products to many large national pizza chains. ...more
It is 4:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. You just learned that your top-performing salesman resigned his position to accept employment with a direct competitor. You quickly locate the salesman’s personnel file to determine...more
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
New statute aims to promote favorable business climate and may provide broader protection of information under Texas law.
On May 2, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (Texas UTSA) into...more
Those loyal readers of this blog know that the focus tends to be on what your company can and cannot do regarding social media use by potential employees (i.e., applicants) or current employees. But there is a third category...more
On May 2, 2013, Governor Perry signed the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act into law. So, let’s cut right to it. ...more
If you have followed this blog, then you likely already know that restrictive covenants are legal and enforceable in Florida. You should also know that – although enforceable – restrictive covenants are strictly construed...more
Employers in New Hampshire now must comply with further restrictions on their ability to enforce non-compete and anti-piracy agreements. Venturing further into the already murky area of the enforceability of such agreements,...more
On Monday, I offered several reasons why non-compete cases don't settle. Today I flip this concept around.
It is true most non-compete cases do settle, a reflection that business cases get resolved for pure economic...more
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
On March 18, 2013, TBA Global, LLC, a live events market and communications agency, sued LEO Events, LLC and several of its owners for breach of non-solicitation agreements and misappropriation of TBA’s trade secrets and...more
When your trade secrets are stolen, you might sue the ex-employee who stole them, or the competing business that’s now in possession of them, or both. What’s an appropriate measure of damages when your trade secrets are...more
One of the more difficult aspects of trade secrets law is determining how long to enjoin competitive conduct that infringes trade secret rights of the owner....more
Last month the Vermont Legislature kicked off its 2013-2014 Legislative Session, and already a couple of bills have our attention here at the IP Stone....more