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Non-Compete and Trade Secret Provisions: Protecting Your Company and Assets

Now more than ever, employers must take active steps to protect their confidential information and trade secrets from the prying eyes of competitors. In our digital age, trade secrets can be misappropriated in an instant, and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 24, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria 17 August 2015 - Bourke v Coroners Court [2015] VSC...more

Former In-House Attorney Cannot Duck Trade Secrets Allegations with Anti-SLAPP Motion

On July 17, 2015, a California appellate court affirmed the denial of an intellectual property attorney’s anti-SLAPP motion against his former employer. Terrence Wyles, the defendant and former in-house counsel for medical...more

Privacy Commissioners Issue Joint Guidance on Bring Your Own Device Programs

An organization’s information can be put at risk when staff begin to bring their own devices and use them in the workplace. As a result, in such cases, an organization should consider adopting an appropriate “bring your own...more

Striking a Balance: Alabama’s Newly-Amended Restrictive Covenant Statute

When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed House Bill 352 into law on June 11, 2015, he repealed Alabama’s bare bones restrictive covenant statute and replaced it with a detailed codification of much of Alabama’s restrictive...more

Are Your Trade Secrets Safe?

A few years back, we had a client – a manufacturing business – that decided to sue an ex-employee for stealing its trade secrets. Our client had developed a process that was unique. Using this process, it was able to...more

Delivering Architectural Plans May Create Implied License - Hunn v. Dan Wilson Homes, Inc.

Where an architectural draftsman left his design firm mid-project and later used partial plans drawn during his employment to complete the project, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the ruling that the...more

Q&A: James Pooley on Trade Secret Protection

In this Q&A, we talk with James Pooley about his new book, Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage. James has a wealth of experience in information security and intellectual property law. In 2009, he...more

How To Make Computer Fraud Claims Stick

Employers need clear policies in order to use a federal criminal law as a civil remedy against workers. The recent decision in Allied Portables v. Youmans from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida...more

10 Tips for Minimizing Company Liability for Terminating Employees who Steal Trade Secrets

When your company uncovers evidence that an employee misappropriated trade secrets it must act swiftly. The company may want to fire the employee to protect itself from the potentially devastating consequences. But how can...more

Go Head Over Heels To Protect Trade Secrets (And Other Gymnastics Related Puns)

Face it. No matter what industry you are in and no matter how big your company, there will come a day when one of your most valuable employees doesn't work there anymore. When that happens, it's natural to feel disappointed...more

Sales Of $8,000 Stemming From Trade Secret Misappropriation Results In Liability For $1.3 Million

At a time when an ex-employee’s newly created company was subject to an injunction prohibiting misappropriation of his former employer’s supposed trade secret, the new company allegedly used that confidential information on a...more

European M+A News, Summer 2015

IP Pitfalls in Tech M&A Transactions - Technology and IP-driven deals accounted for over 30 percent of M&A deal volume in Europe in 2014. This trend is bound to continue, with many deals involving strategic or financial...more

If You Have Confidential Information, Keep It Confidential!

I’ve been involved in many cases where it is alleged that someone violated his or her non-compete agreement or misappropriated the company’s confidential information or trade secrets. Often, the key issue has been not what...more

BAG bestätigt außerordentliche Kündigung wegen Herstellung privater „Raubkopien“ am Arbeitsplatz

Unabhängig davon, ob darin zugleich ein strafbewehrter Verstoß gegen das Urheberrechtsgesetz liegt, kann das Kopieren von Bild- und Musik-Dateien auf dem Dienstrechner eine fristlose Kündigung rechtfertigen. Diese Meldung des...more

Jawbone Cries Foul – Fitbit’s Success Due To Stolen Trade Secrets

Fitbit better watch its step because Jawbone has a serious bone to pick with its competitor. On May 27, 2015, Jawbone, a maker of wearable fitness and activity tracker devices, filed suit in California state court...more

Thieves Among Us? Protecting Trade Secrets From Employee Theft

Employee trade secret theft is a serious problem, and getting worse. According to an analysis of federal court cases filed over a 58-year period, 85 percent of trade secret theft was committed by employees or business...more

New Whitepaper: Reasonable Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Every company has trade secrets (so-called “crown jewels”)– confidential business and technical information – that if exposed, could result in lost sales, competitive advantage or the ability to further innovate....more

How Long Is Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Enforceable? It Depends.

Non-disclosure agreements (“NDA”), or confidentiality agreements, are useful in a variety of contexts, including between teaming partners, contractors and subcontractors, as well as employers and employees. ...more

Hacking Your Rivals – Corporate Espionage in Major League Baseball

As we approach the dog days of summer, baseball season is again in full bloom. We previously discussed old-fashioned sign stealing in the context of teams trying to gain a competitive advantage during an actual game. But it...more

Maintaining the Magic: Disney's Use of Confidentiality Restrictions to Promote Character Integrity

When your business depends on a carefully-crafted public image, you do not want the public to know how hard you work to maintain that image. These days, that includes preventing your employees from revealing too much via...more

Should Breweries be Worried about Trade Secret Misappropriation?

The craft brewing industry is exploding and there is no sign of it slowing down in the upcoming years. In 2010, the Brewers Association reported 1,813 breweries in the United States. As of 2013, there were over 2,800...more

Confidential Documents Potentially Safer From Employee Misappropriation Says New Jersey's Supreme Court

On the heels of an appellate decision providing employees a virtual how-to manual to misuse and exploit confidential employer documents and safely provide them to a competitor, New Jersey's Supreme Court reversed course last...more

Hawaii Bans Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements with Technology Workers

Hawaii joined the small list of states that prohibit certain non-compete agreements with employees. On June 26, 2015, Hawaii’s governor David Ige signed Act 158 which voids any “noncompete clause or a nonsolicit clause...more

Profile of a Malicious Insider: Top Warning Signs

How are your company’s crown jewels – trade secrets, digital assets and the like – most likely to be compromised? Although coverage in the media would suggest that nation states or competitors are most likely to be the...more

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