Confidentiality Agreements

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Defend Trade Secrets Notification Requirement

Most companies are aware that President Obama recently signed into law new federal trade secret protection, entitled the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA provides protection for trade secrets similar to that found in...more

Subsequent Employment Agreement Assigning Inventor's Intellectual Property Rights Does not Defeat Standing for Inventions Created...

The plaintiff, Odyssey Wireless ("Odyssey") filed four separate actions for patent infringement against Defendants Apple, Samsung, LG, and Motorola, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,881,393; 8,199,837; 8,576,940;...more

Janssen Seeks Injunction Against Remicade Biosimilar Based On Cell Culture Patent

In a complaint filed June 14, 2016, Janssen Biotech Inc. seeks a preliminary injunction that would bar Celltrion and Hospira from selling the biosimilar version of Remicade® (infliximab) that received FDA approval April 2016,...more

Court Upholds Conviction Of Ex-Employee For Conspiring To Access Company Data Through “Shared” Password

Is password sharing a crime? It can be under the right circumstances, according to last week’s decision in United States v. Nosal. In Nosal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the conviction of a former...more

Eighth Circuit Finds Non-Competition Agreements Assignable to Successor Employer in Asset Purchase Without Employees' Consent

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that a successor employer, who was assigned non-competition agreements as part of an asset purchase, could seek to enforce the non-competition agreements...more

How to Prepare for Theft of Company Information

Companies should take three steps now to ensure use of the Defend Trade Secrets Act. In May, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act that creates a federal civil cause of action for the...more

Founding Fathers (or cases) of Trade Secret Law: A Look Back in Celebration of Independence Day

Over the last few weeks, TSW has reported extensively on the first few cases brought under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act. But, given our recent celebration of our nation’s birthday and the day Will Smith saved the planet...more

Can Employers Discipline Employees for “Self-Help Discovery”? Massachusetts Decision Raises More Questions Than Answers

Employers know all too well that employees sometimes help themselves to documents the employer would like to keep confidential. This is precisely why many employers require employees to sign confidentiality agreements and...more

Fight Between Gig Rivals Uber and Lyft Runs Out of Gas

Uber and Lyft, perhaps two of the most widely known gig economy employers, have resolved their nearly two-year legal battle which started when Lyft sued Travis VanderZanden, Lyft’s former COO, who left Lyft and became a top...more

When Settlement and Secrecy Do Not Mix

Non-disclosure and confidentiality provisions can be an important aspect of resolving a case through settlement. But when one of the parties is a purported class, and the allegation is an antitrust violation, settlement and...more

Recent Developments Again Call for Timely Review of Restrictive Covenants

We have suggested before that employers should view non-competition and other restrictive agreements as “live” documents, warranting regular examination to ensure they are deployed with appropriate precision and account for...more

Five Questions You Should Ask About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

What Is the DTSA and How Is It Different From the Uniform Trade Secrets Act? Until recently, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) allowed for federal trade secret actions by the U.S. Department of Justice. The...more

A Development in Trade-Secret Cases

The big trade-secret case, Southwestern Energy v. Berry-Helfand, has been worked over by the Texas Supreme Court. Highlights: - Lack of certainty in damages does not preclude recovery. - A “Flexible and...more

Quirky Question #281: Deploying the DTSA

Question: We believe our former employee recently stole some of our trade secrets and went to a competitor. Can we rely on the Defend Trade Secrets Act to bring suit in federal court?...more

Employment Law Roundup: Summary of Recent Changes Affecting New York Employers

Private employers in New York should be aware of a number of employment law changes over the past year that affect background checks (both credit and criminal history), anti-discrimination protections and reasonable...more

Trump, Captain America, Deadpool and the Impact on Florida Non-Competition Agreements

Competition is the name of the game this summer. The presidential hopefuls travel the country competing for votes. After knocking out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and more than a dozen other Republican Presidential hopefuls,...more

Prior Art: When On Sale Is Not 'On Sale'

Pursuant to Section 102 of the Patent Act, the “on-sale” bar can invalidate a patent when the claimed invention has been the subject of a commercial sale or offer for sale, and the invention is ready for patenting. Prior to...more

Dealing Effectively with Agencies, Part 3: Releases

Employment law enforcement agencies are involved in a significant number of employer-employee disputes. It helps for HR professionals, as well as in-house and outside counsel, to understand agency processes and priorities....more

An Employer's Compliance Checklist to the EEOC's Final Wellness Program Regulations

Employers implementing wellness programs have a number of laws to navigate: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (HIPAA); the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and the Genetic...more

Employer Action Required to Ensure Continued Protection Under the New Federal Trade Secrets Act

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA") into law, which provides a federal cause of action for an employer to enforce their trade secrets. The DTSA takes effect immediately. Employers...more

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets: Make a Federal Case Out of It (Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act)

Last month, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law, which permits plaintiffs to bring civil claims for misappropriation of trade secrets in federal court. While trade secret theft has been a...more

Five Steps to Guarding Your Trade Secrets

Have you ever wondered what makes your Coke and KFC wings taste so marvelous? While many do wonder, the true recipes have never been revealed. The Coca Cola formula and KFC recipe are two of the most valuable, closely-guarded...more

On Sale Bar Invalidates Safyral, Beyaz Folate Patent

In Merck & CIE v. Watson Laboratories, Inc., the Federal Circuit found communications between Merck and a potential joint venture partner amounted to a commercial offer to sell that invalidated the Orange Book-listed folate...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act requires immediate review of confidentiality agreements with employees and contractors

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which creates a new federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. Although the DTSA provides several new changes to trade secret...more

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L....more

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