A small software service that provides back-end software solutions for car-hire services had its data hijacked. The data included credit card numbers, pick-up and drop-off information, and client names. While actor Tom Hanks is…more
In January 2012, California created two new state corporate structures: (1) flexible purpose corporations, and (2) benefit corporations. Unlike traditional for-profit corporations, these new corporate structures are required…more
Nondisclosure Agreements ("NDAs") are everywhere: a Silicon Valley Don Juan had an NDA ready for every date. However, NDAs are not created equal -- what is good for the discloser is not good for the recipient. The "Silicon…more
The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees due process of law. One type of due process is knowing the details of the accusations in a court of law against you. But in trade secret misappropriation cases, the trade…more
A new California law called the “Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011" requires that employers give most new employees a form at the beginning of employment. The laudable intent is to give valuable transparency to employees about…more
Three years after granting review, the California Supreme Court finally held oral arguments last week in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court. I attended the oral arguments in San Francisco because of the importance of…more
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…more
When someone subpoenas subscriber information from an internet service provider, does the subscriber have an expectation of privacy? In California, at least, the answer seems to be: No.
In People v. Stirpo, (Second District…more
Many California residents prefer using a language other than English. Judicial proceedings need all parties to communicate well with each other. Certified Interpreters can enable clear communication when a party is more…more
Lang, et alia v. Sarah Morris
Federal case, filed in the Northern District of California, for twenty (20) claims of copyright infringement by six renowned origami artists against artist Sarah Morris, who used the origami artists' crease patterns for her own…more
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