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North Carolina Supreme Court Denies Employee's Claim to Patent Ownership Based on Pay Dispute with Employer

Under the “hired to invent” doctrine, employees who develop intellectual property during the course of their employment generally have no ownership rights to such innovations. Earlier this month, the North Carolina Supreme...more

Supreme Court Update: Rjr Nabisco, Inc. V. European Community (15-138), Encino Motorcars, Llc V. Navarro (14-415), Kingdomware...

Having cleared some near-blockbusters off the table on Friday (everything's relative this term), we've still got an eight-case backlog to get through before the final decision day of OT15 on Monday. Since we've got an even...more

Keep Quiet and Carry On under the EU Trade Secrets Directive

Much as the recent U.S. Defend Trade Secrets Act establishes uniform federal trade secrets protections across the states, the EU Trade Secrets Directive (the “Directive”) harmonizes similar protections across its Member...more

New Weapon For Manufacturers: Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), which provides a federal civil cause of action to manufacturers for the misappropriation of trade secrets under the Economic...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law

In an era of unprecedented integration and collaboration in the healthcare industry, providers, payors, contractors and patients are exchanging information at an ever expanding pace. This collaboration includes sharing best...more

The Defense of Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - A new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. Effective immediately, the DTSA establishes a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The new statutory framework largely...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #5

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, No. 15-138: The European Union and 26 of its members filed an action in District Court against...more

Five Questions You Should Ask About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

What Is the DTSA and How Is It Different From the Uniform Trade Secrets Act? Until recently, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) allowed for federal trade secret actions by the U.S. Department of Justice. The...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2016

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employer's asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant. Please...more

Unprecedented High Court Decision Orders the Destruction of Confidential Information on the Defendants’ Computers

The High Court in Arthur J. Gallagher Services (UK) Limited and others v Skriptchenkov and others [2016] EWHC 603, granted 11 February a mandatory injunction ordering the inspection and imaging of electronic devices and...more

Shhhhh! Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Remember when you, as an employer, asked an attorney to prepare a contract containing a covenant not to compete? Or maybe you, as an employee, had questions about such a covenant. Or, perhaps, an attorney prepared a...more

How employers can stop departing employees taking client lists with them

When an employee departs for a role with a competitor, there is often a risk that the employee might take confidential client details with them, with potentially damaging consequences for the employer. However, a recent court...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which has been widely hailed as the “most significant expansion” of federal intellectual property law since the passage of the...more

Is the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Inevitable?

An important feature of the recently enacted Defense of Trade Secrets Act was that it left state trade secret law intact. This meant that states that had adopted the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine could continue to apply it,...more

Burr Alert: What The New Federal Trade Secrets Law Means For Employees

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA") enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employers' asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant....more

Trade Secrets Now Federally Protected Intellectual Property

Some of the most valuable intellectual property that companies own — their trade secrets — now enjoy federal protection, alongside patents, trademarks and copyrights. Designed to strengthen and supplement the protection of...more

New Trade Secrets Law: What it Means for Your Business

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the landmark Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), which amends the Economic Espionage Act. The DTSA, which was passed almost unanimously by Congress, creates a new federal...more

Quirky Question #281: Deploying the DTSA

Question: We believe our former employee recently stole some of our trade secrets and went to a competitor. Can we rely on the Defend Trade Secrets Act to bring suit in federal court?...more

Attorney General Madigan Sues Jimmy John’s over Non-Compete Agreements

On Wednesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against fast-food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois claiming that Jimmy John’s and its franchises unlawfully...more

Practical Steps for Employers Following Passage of the Federal Trade Secrets Act

California has long provided protection for a company’s trade secrets through the California version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”). On May 12, 2016, new federal protection for trade secrets became effective under...more

Trump, Captain America, Deadpool and the Impact on Florida Non-Competition Agreements

Competition is the name of the game this summer. The presidential hopefuls travel the country competing for votes. After knocking out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and more than a dozen other Republican Presidential hopefuls,...more

Highlights of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The DTSA permits federal civil actions to be brought for the misappropriation of trade secrets if the trade secret is related to a product or service used in, or intended for use in, interstate or foreign commerce....more

The New Defend Trade Secrets Act: Implications For Employers

With the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), owners of trade secrets now have the ability to bring a cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets in federal court. Previously, employers...more

President Obama Signs Federal Trade Secrets Bill

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating the first federal trade secrets law. Previously, employers protected trade secrets through filing claims brought under various...more

Attention Employers: Action Required Before Having Employees or Contractors Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements

In May, President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 into law, the details of which we reported in a recent Akerman Practice Update. The Act allows companies for the first time to bring trade secret...more

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