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Defend Trade Secrets Act Nears Year One: What Employers, Trade Secret Owners Need to Know

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An employer or trade secret owner can now assert a federal private cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), 18 U.S.C. §1836(b), if “the trade secret is related to a...more

Social Media Showdown II

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

TheBlaze, Inc. and Glenn Beck (collectively “TBI”) have squared off against Tomi Lahren over a Facebook page. As reported earlier, Lahren sued TBI, claiming among other things, that they were blocking her access to social...more

Are My Customer Lists a Trade Secret?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A lawyer’s favorite phrase might be “it depends.” And when an employer asks whether its customer lists qualify as a trade secret, “it depends” is often the answer. But even if it’s difficult to definitively state whether...more

Signatories Ask President to Exempt USPTO from Hiring Freeze

In a letter sent to President Trump earlier this month, a group of twenty companies, organizations, and individuals expressed concern about the effect of the President's January 23, 2017 hiring freeze on the U.S. Patent and...more

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers have been using restrictive covenant agreements – contracts that contain non-compete, customer non-solicitation, employee non-solicitation, or non-disclosure of confidential information – with increasing frequency...more

Going Public: UK Launches Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 6, 2017, the UK mandatory gender pay reporting regime will come into force under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the “Regulations”). The UK has had a voluntary gender pay gap...more

Law à la Mode: The future of retail; Green fashion; E-commerce in China; Brexit update: trademarks and design; and more (UK) Issue...

by DLA Piper on

Management, a Belgian national and expert on retail management and customer experience for fashion, department stores and home improvement retailing. He tells us about the changes he has seen in the retail sector over the...more

The Importance of Getting Inventorship Right: A Cautionary Tale in Two Cases

U.S. patent law elevates the importance of “the inventor” to an extent unseen in the rest of the world. Unlike many other countries, ownership of patent applications in the United States initially vests in the inventors...more

Missouri Legislator Introduces Bill to Ban Restrictive Covenants

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Since July 1, 2001, Missouri law with respect to non-solicitation clauses has been fairly straightforward. Specifically, § 431.202 of the Missouri Statutes states that a covenant not to solicit between an employer and an...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

by Fisher Phillips on

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act and Whistleblowers: Protections and Vulnerabilities

by Butler Snow LLP on

President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) during his last year in office. Most notably, the DTSA creates a private federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. If that...more

Health Alert (Australia) March 27, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 21 March 2017 - Hicks v Mater Misericordiae Ltd [2017] QSC 38 - The applicant brought proceedings against the respondents...more

SEC Registered Investment Advisers—A Review of 2016 and a Look at What’s Ahead for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As we near the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), private equity and hedge fund advisers are subject to an ever-increasing degree of supervision...more

Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although longstanding policy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorizes searches of electronic devices in the possession of travelers arriving in the United States, recent reports of such searches...more

UK: Employee Post-Termination Restrictions Under English Law: Five Things You Need To Know

by Dentons on

It is often the case that the drafting of post-termination restrictions only comes into focus on enforcement. Ideally, however, the careful drafting of such restrictions should be a priority when drafting employment contracts...more

China: Application of Non-Competes To Protect Business Secrets

by Dentons on

An enterprise may have no patents or trademarks, but definitely have business secrets. Business secrets—the enterprise’s core information assets—are important intangible assets that go to the core competence of the...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

China’s New Cyber Security Law Goes into Effect June 1, 2017

by Fisher Phillips on

China’s new cyber security law (Law) could have far-reaching impacts for companies that do business there. The Law goes into effect on June 1, 2017. As is typical of legislation passed by the Standing Committee of the...more

Your Employee is Leaving…. How Do You Safeguard Your Company’s IP?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

It is a fact: employees leave. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty. Because employee transitions are inevitable, businesses must prepare to...more

Top Takeaways: 3 “Secrets of Trade Secrets”

Kilpatrick Townsend partners Lou Barbieri, Josh Ganz, and John Jett recently presented to a group of entrepreneurs at the Atlanta Tech Village on the “Secrets of Trade Secrets.” Here are three key takeaways from the...more

How to Recruit and Hire While Avoiding Data Contamination

When we think about trade secrets, we usually focus on keeping our own data safe. But an even bigger risk comes from hiring employees who can infect our systems with confidential information from a competitor. Companies often...more

Defending A Former Employee On a Non-Compete Or For Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets? Read This.

by Brooks Pierce on

Do you really have to rush to Court to obtain an injunction for a misappropriation of trade secrets? Maybe not. But for an injunction enforcing a non-compete agreement, maybe yes. ...more

A Primer on “Cross-Referencing” the DTSA Whistleblower Immunity Provision Following 4 Simple Steps

by Fisher Phillips on

In the spring of 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA” or “Act”) was signed into law providing trade secret owners for the first time a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Although the DTSA...more

Travel Update under Trump’s Executive Order

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While daily governmental guidance for affected individuals, in the United States and abroad, has followed the signing of Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on January...more

New Requirement for Singapore Employment Pass Holders with Directorships

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower now requires Employment Pass holders to obtain a Letter of Consent before taking up external directorships with other entities. As part of Singapore’s pro-business regulations, an...more

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