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Of Documents and Dumpsters: The Sixth Circuit Affirms Convictions for Theft of Hybrid Car Secrets from GM

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the convictions of co-conspirator couple Yu Qin and Shanshan Du, who were convicted in 2012 of trade secrets theft. A jury in the Eastern District of Michigan had found that Du absconded…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property

UPDATE: A New Top 10 Disclosed Trade Secret Settlement

A new trade secrets settlement has shaken up our top 10 disclosed settlements of all time. Business Logic, a Chicago-based developer of financial software, reports that the investment firm Morningstar, Inc. has agreed to pay it…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

DONATE, DON’T TELL? The Red Cross says it has trade secrets, upsetting activists

Can a non-profit charity have trade secrets? The Red Cross thinks so. Its claim to trade secret protection over information related to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts made headlines and left some journalists and activists…more
| Intellectual Property, Nonprofit Law

Hedge Fund Hack Results in Trade Secret Loss, and Raises SEC Reporting Issues

Data breaches may be nothing new, but they are certainly evolving into bigger and more notorious infractions. While the data breaches of yesterday may have involved accidental disclosure or disgruntled former employees, the data…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

ANOTHER WIN FOR ALEYNIKOV: Judge Tosses Evidence in Ex-Programmer’s Latest Case

Sergey Aleynikov fought the law, and the law lost—again. Judge Ronald A. Zweibel of the New York Supreme Court has thrown out a raft of evidence originally gathered by the FBI for federal prosecution and later offered by…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property

North Carolina Enacts Criminal Penalties for Disclosure of Fracking Trade Secrets

North Carolina is officially open for fracking, after lifting a ban on the practice—and enacting criminal penalties for spilling trade secrets associated with it. With passage of the Energy Modernization Act..…more
| Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property

Plaintiff’s Trade Secret Lawsuit Backfires!

We recently reported on good things (big verdicts) coming to trade secret plaintiffs that endure lengthy lawsuits. But good things don’t always come to those who wait…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Intellectual Property

DEAR JUSTICE THOMAS: A Court Seal Cannot Protect My Trade Secrets, Pleads Florida Political Consultant

Florida may be the Sunshine State but there has been too little illumination into the Florida Legislature’s congressional redistricting process, according to the League of Women Voters of Florida. In 2010, voters amended the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait: $26 Million

Trade secret misappropriation cases often are won or lost quickly and early at the preliminary injunction stage of the case. However, today we report on the results of a slow moving, long-running trade secret case that instead…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Car Jacking: Former Nissan Employees in Japan Arrested for Suspected Trade Secret Theft

On May 13, 2014, a former employee of Nissan in Japan was arrested by the Economic Affairs Division of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police on suspicion of trade secret theft. The arrest was made under the trade secret provisions of…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

Getting An $800,000 Assist From The Government: Referring Trade Secret Theft For Criminal Prosecution Pays Off

We rely on the federal government for a lot of things, but helping a corporation recover attorney’s fees is not something that immediately comes to mind…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property

TRO LLC – GET IT? Sprung From Prison, Hacker Creates Hedge Fund That Shorts Stocks Of Companies With Security Vulnerabilities

Self-proclaimed Internet troll and hacker Andrew “weev” Auernheimer has big plans now that he’s been sprung from prison. We identified Auernheimer’s imprisonment and appeal as one of the top trade secret stories of 2013..…more
| Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cyber-Symbolism? DOJ Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Prosecution Of State Actors — But Does It Matter?

The U.S. Justice Department has charged members of the Chinese military with allegedly engaging in economic espionage against American companies. It’s the first time that the United States has leveled such charges against…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

It’s The Real Deal: California Court Finds Trade Secret Protection For Ideas

Here’s a small-time Silicon Valley inventor’s worst nightmare: he shops his technology to a large multi-national company, but the company declines to implement his idea as pitched. Instead, the multi-national company turns…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Things To Avoid When You Leave Your Job: Using Drone Trade Secrets To Blackmail Your Former Employer

Trade secrets cases in the employment context usually provide valuable lessons on what not to do when leaving a job. The recent conviction of Stephen Marty Ward by a Washington federal jury imparts one such lesson..…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Government Contracting
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