The Cinderella of Intellectual Property

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Law regarding trade secrets has long been seen as the ugly step-sister of intellectual property. Patents, trademarks, and copyrights have traditionally been held to be federal concerns, while trade secrets have been seen as principally protected by state laws. However, as TianRui Group Co. Ltd. v. Int’l Trade Commission, — F.3d —, (Fed. Cir. Oct. 11, 2011), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, and Oracle v. SAP show, trade secret misappropriation is no longer hidden from federal view: this Cinderella of Intellectual Property has already been allowed to attend the ball to find its Judge Charming.

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