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Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes Congress

With President Obama’s signature expected, DTSA will allow for new federal civil suits, ex parte seizures, and whistleblower protections. After unanimously passing the Senate earlier this month, the Defend Trade Secrets...more

Restrictive Covenants: Do Yours Meet a Changing Landscape?

Restrictive covenants are an important tool for businesses concerned about the protection of their confidential business information and the costs of employee training and turnover. When properly crafted and utilized,...more

Consider Liquidated Damages to Deter Employees From Misappropriating Company Information

It is not unusual for employment agreements to mandate that when an employee leaves a company, whether voluntarily or by termination, he or she must return all company information. As the employer in EventMonitor v. Leness...more

Quirky Question # 276: Ex-Employees Gone Rogue

Question: Our company utilizes confidentiality agreements to try to protect our confidential and proprietary information. One of our former sales employees recently left us to work for a competing company. We have evidence...more

Trade Secrets Directive

The protection afforded to trade secrets is disparate across the EU. In order to protect trade secrets as potential drivers for economic growth and jobs and to create a level-playing field within Europe, the European...more

Breaking News: European Parliament Approves Trade Secrets Directive

On April 14, 2016 (by a vote of 503 to 131 with 18 abstentions), the European Parliament approved the text of a proposed Directive for the protection of trade secrets in the European Union. Once approved by the European...more

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears the Senate: Is the Uniform Act on Life Support?

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill increasing the protections available to companies for their commercial secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA or the Act) provides for the first time a truly...more

Fashion Law - Autumn/Winter 2016

The business of fashion is exciting, fast paced and driven by passionate and creative people. But it is important to remember that it is just that – a business. While creativity and passion are integral to success in the...more

Labor and Employment Group News: U.S. Treasury Issues Report on the Economic Effects of Non-compete Contracts

An office of Economic Policy Report published in March 2016, entitled "Non-Compete Contracts: Economic Effects and Policy Implications," estimates that 18% of all workers, or nearly 30 million people, are covered by...more

New Utah Law Limits Restrictive Covenants to a One-Year Period

On March 9, 2016, Utah enacted the Post-Employment Restrictions Amendments, which limits restrictive covenants to a one-year time period from termination. Any restrictive covenant that is entered into on or after May 10,...more

[Webinar] Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry - April 14th, 1pm EST,...

In Seyfarth's fourth installment in its series of 2016 Trade Secret Webinars, Seyfarth attorneys will focus on trade secret and client relationship considerations in the banking and finance industry, with a particular focus...more

Question #272: Competing in California

Question: One of our company’s employees recently left to start a competing business. We think he started this process while he was still employed by us, and that he is probably using information he learned from us. ...more

Statutory Requirements for Invention Assignment Provisions

You may have spent time drafting (or having your lawyers draft) enforceable restrictive covenants to protect your company's confidential and proprietary information, goodwill, and customer relationships, but have you ensured...more

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Company’s Data

You know how important data is to your business and you have been hearing about data breaches for more than a decade, but where do you find a simple, straightforward summary of how to protect your company? That is a question...more

Massachusetts Legislature Takes Up Noncompete Reform . . . Again

Another year, another attempt at noncompete reform in Massachusetts. According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced that lawmakers would unveil a bill limiting the use of noncompete...more

Steps Every Startup Should Take to Protect its Intellectual Property

Many startup entrepreneurs are not aware of California’s laws around the ownership of intellectual property. And for most, the concepts for products or services are the life-blood of a company’s operations and future....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 239-Jonathan Armstrong on EU Privacy Shield [Video]

In this episode, I visit with EU privacy expert Jonathan Armstrong on the negotiations culminating in the EU Privacy Shield to replace the former Safe Harbor provision. ...more

Federal Court Rejects Employer’s Trade Secret and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claims

An ex-employee’s former employer sued him for alleged violations of the Kansas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (KUTSA) and the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The first claim was based on the company’s hunch that he...more

5 Tips for Retaining Employees in the Automotive Industry

Attracting and retaining employees in the automotive industry can be very challenging, especially when competitors are doing what they can to lure the best talent. After you provide an employee with a good job, training and...more

Washington’s Legislature Considers Limiting Non-Competes

According to the most recently available Census data, among those who moved from another state to Washington in the prior year, many times more people came up from California than from anywhere else. The Washington...more

Massachusetts Courts Continue to Reject Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

Judge Janet L. Sanders of the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session has continued the trend of Massachusetts courts refusing to recognize the inevitable disclosure doctrine....more

South Africa’s Labour Court Rules Garden Leave and Noncompetition Clauses Enforceable

On February 9, 2016, in a victory for South African employers, South Africa’s Labour Court in Johannesburg addressed for the first time the applicability of garden leave in assessing the reasonableness of a post-termination...more

Put Down That Hammer: Four Times When a DIY Approach Is Guaranteed To Backfire

As a founder, you need to be scrappy, take care of that bottom-line. We get that, we’re all for a DIY approach when it makes sense (psst we even help you do that through our very free document generator). ...more

New Federal Trade Secret Law is Pro Employee Mobility and Rejects Inevitable Disclosure

Proposed legislation creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation is on the fast track to becoming law, as described in James Pooley’s excellent post What You Need to Know About the Amended Defend...more

Top 10 Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Developments

There were several noteworthy developments in 2015 in the area of trade secrets and unfair competition. This post focuses on developments affecting California employers. Due to the unsettled nature of some of the law, this...more

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