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PILLOW TALK: A Threat to Trade Secrets?

It turns out that, even in romantic relationships, some things are best kept secret. On July 7, 2017, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that a former executive...more

Intellectual Property and Business: Part 1

by Barley Snyder on

In business, an asset is anything of value owned by a company, and managing those assets is a complete and structured approach to long-term success for that business. Too often, a business overlooks their intellectual...more

Conviction for Economic Espionage, Sale of Trade Secrets to China

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the first federal jury criminal conviction for economic espionage and theft of trade secrets under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), even though the owner of the...more

Outside Constitutional Protection, Within Anti-SLAPP Statute

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of defending against claims seeking to remedy alleged misappropriation or misuse of a business’s trade secrets or confidential information by invoking the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), the...more

The Third Circuit Addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Appears to Have Applied the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) states very clearly that an injunction issued pursuant thereto may not “prevent a person from entering into an employment relationship,” and that any conditions placed on a former...more

Privacy Tip #94 – Keep Your Day Job and Stay Out of Jail

One of my favorite lines when I conduct employee education about data privacy and cybersecurity is “Keep Your Day Job.” The context of the comment is when I tell audiences about the dumb moves of employees who think they can...more

Illinois Federal Court Allows Inevitable Disclosure Theory in Defend Trade Secrets Act Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 11, 2017, a Northern District of Illinois federal court ruled that a Plaintiff properly alleged misappropriation under both the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) in a...more

Time to Review Your Non-Competition Agreements in Light of New Nevada Statutory Amendments

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 3, 2017, the Governor of Nevada signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, making substantial changes to Nevada Revised Statute (“NRS”) 613, which governs non-competition agreements. The amendments are notable for not only...more

The Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

by Revision Legal on

It is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in...more

Above the Clouds: Jeweler’s Trade Secret Spat Highlights Risk of Employee-Controlled Cloud Storage

We have discussed before the importance of maintaining internal policies and procedures to protect the security and integrity of cloud-based repositories. A recent case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland...more

Imagining the Perfect Confidentiality Agreement

The perfect confidentiality agreements is, in most cases, overkill and in any event would probably never be signed. Hundreds, if not thousands, of CDAs, NDAs and other secrecy agreements are signed every day, and the vast...more

Is Your Employee NDA Weak?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in a world of “leaking” information and the automotive industry is not immune. Automotive companies go to great lengths to protect their confidential information (including innovations). But do they have the legal...more

Non-Compete News: Using Defend Trade Secrets Act, California Court Stops Deletion of Misappropriated Confidential Information

by FordHarrison on

Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) triggered an uptick in federal litigation concerning the fight to protect corporate trade secrets. Though no court has issued the elusive ex...more

Pooley’s Corner: What Divorce Court Teaches About Trade Secret Litigation

I still remember the day I decided never to do another divorce case. My client called to tell me that her ex was taking the kids to his mother’s house where she would look for holes in their socks and then rip them with her...more

State And Federal Trade Secrets Claims Upheld By Northern District Of Illinois

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A May 11, 2017 decision by Judge Chang, in the Northern District of Illinois, found misappropriation alleged under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA), in a case where the employee...more

4 Key Takeaways: The Problem(s) with NDAs

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Nancy Stagg recently participated in a roundtable organized by the San Diego Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The speakers discussed “The Problem(s) with NDAs (Non-Disclosure...more

Employee Mobility and Trade Secret Protection in California: What Works and What Doesn’t

by Epstein Becker & Green on

California has always been a challenging jurisdiction for employers in terms of limiting unfair competition by former employees and protecting trade secrets. However, employers in the state can significantly enhance their...more

Avoiding contractual pitfalls and 'gotchas'

by McAfee & Taft on

You’re likely to see the same clauses repeated in most patent, trade secret and software license contracts. As a result, these agreements have a similar structure and feel, which can lead one to assume that a clause in a new...more

Agreements Are Not Enough: Reasonable Efforts Needed

Many employers, including construction contractors and material suppliers, attempt to protect their business by having their employees sign non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and/or confidentiality agreements....more

Adding Inevitability to the Often Disfavored Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

In a prior blog post, we used the Star Wars Universe as the backdrop for a discussion about obtaining a preliminary injunction in the context of a noncompete agreement. But we left a discussion of the inevitable disclosure...more

ITC Declassifies Portions of Final Determination

by Jones Day on

In re Certain Network Devices, Related Software and Components Thereof (I), Inv. No. 337-TA-944 (ITC Comm’n Apr. 19, 2017), is a surprisingly rare opinion addressing a common issue: When should the ITC redact a portion of an...more

Don’t Forget to Establish Personal Jurisdiction in Defend Trade Secrets Act Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It is well known that 18 U.S.C. § 1836, et seq. (the Defend Trade Secrets Act or “DTSA”) finally provides a mechanism for pursing trade secret claims in federal court. A recent decision, however, serves as an excellent...more

Are My Customer Lists a Trade Secret?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A lawyer’s favorite phrase might be “it depends.” And when an employer asks whether its customer lists qualify as a trade secret, “it depends” is often the answer. But even if it’s difficult to definitively state whether...more

4 Key Takeaways: All the Crime We Cannot See

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Audra Dial recently served as moderator on a prestigious panel at the American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference (IPL Spring) in Arlington, Virginia. The panel,...more

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers have been using restrictive covenant agreements – contracts that contain non-compete, customer non-solicitation, employee non-solicitation, or non-disclosure of confidential information – with increasing frequency...more

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