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IP Newsflash - Otober 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reversed a District Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment for Lack of Standing in an Inventorship Dispute - On October 2, 2015, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s...more

Daily Trade Secret Theft for Daily Fantasy Sports?

While season-long fantasy sports leagues have long been in existence, the emergence of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) has been relatively recent. DFS allows participants to enter daily contests for money where a salary cap is...more

Google’s Strategic Purchase of Rights and Counterclaim Do Not Survive Delaware’s Statute of Limitations - Personalized User Model,...

Addressing the requirements for tolling the statute of limitations (SOL), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of judgment as a matter of law (JMOL), finding that the district...more

Reducing Your Company’s Exposure to Trade Secret Litigation when Key Employees Come and Go

THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO - Within the span of two weeks, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wilson, two top managers from your $2 billion corporation, resign. Both managers had complete, unfettered access to your corporation’s trade...more

Essential Protection: Restrictive Covenants of Your Employees

No one knows your company better than your employees. And while great employees can be your most valuable asset, disloyal employees can use their insider information to harm or compete against you. You need protection, and an...more

And The Beat Goes On… The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues

Many employers believe they have the absolute right to prohibit their workers from disclosing “confidential” information to coworkers and third parties. They are dead wrong. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has...more

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Employees: Your Role in Keeping Trade Secrets ‘Secret’

As an employee, do you know what you should be doing to protect your company’s critical business information and trade secrets? It’s likely that in your employment contract you agreed not to disclose confidential corporate...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 28, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports Australia Federal Court Alphapharm Pty Ltd v H Lundbeck A/S [2015] FCAFC...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on RAND Licensing Obligations

On July 30 the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant appellate decision that provides guidance regarding obligations imposed on licensors of patents that are required to comply with interoperability...more

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Trade Secret Disputes and Employment Risks

In today’s post, we have answered some of the most frequent and significant questions that we are asked about trade secret disputes and employment risks. 1. Could you provide a brief snapshot of current trends in...more

Trade Secrets: Policies and Procedures and the Reasonable Steps Requirement

By their very nature, trade secrets are ‘secret’ and are not protected in the same way as traditional forms of intellectual property. When the worst does happen and trade secrets are compromised, most countries’ laws require...more

Trade Secrets Case Against Zillow Gains Steam

This is a short update to a previous post, Zillow Case Shows Danger of Unprotected Trade Secrets During Business Negotiations, posted on May 8, 2015. In that post, we described a trade secrets lawsuit filed against...more

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

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