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Ex-SanDisk Employee Arrested In Japan, Civil Suits Filed In The Wake Of Alleged Flash Memory Trade Secrets Misappropriation

Technology firms SanDisk and Toshiba recently filed trade secrets lawsuits on opposite sides of the Pacific, each alleging misappropriation by a third party stemming from the two companies’ joint venture....more

To Prosecute Or Not To Prosecute? Limiting Exposure Of Trade Secrets During Criminal Prosecutions

Trade Secrets Watch previously outlined the benefits and potential risks of referring a case of trade secrets theft to the government for criminal prosecution. One of the most important downsides to consider is that the...more

Federal Prosecution of Trade Secret Theft

Attorney General Eric Holder said, “There are only two categories of companies affected by trade secret theft: Those that know they’ve been compromised—and those that don’t know it yet.” According to former FBI Director...more

Trade Secrets Watch 2013 Year-In-Review

It’s been a hot year in the trade secrets field, with some huge verdicts and settlements, a renewed spotlight on cyberattacks, and an unusual flurry of trade secrets legislation. Trade Secrets Watch’s 2013 Year-in-Review...more

Goldman Ordered to Advance Defense Fees for Former Employee Accused of Stealing Computer Codes

On October 16, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in Aleynikov v. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., found that a former vice president and computer programmer was an “officer” of Goldman Sachs & Co.,...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2013

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Don’t Do the Crime If You Can’t Do The Time: Top 10 Criminal Trade Secret Sentences

Trade secret theft can expose defendants not only to multi-million dollar civil verdicts but also to multi-year prison sentences. Trade Secrets Watch reviewed federal criminal trade secrets sentences since the Economic...more

HTC Execs Arrested For Allegedly Selling Trade Secrets To China: Why U.S. Companies Should Take Note

The recent arrest and likely prosecution of three executives at Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC Corporation may foreshadow an era of tougher prosecutions under Taiwan’s newly amended Trade Secrets Act. Although the arrests...more

Protecting Trade Secrets In Germany

As Europe’s largest economy, one might expect Germany to provide robust protection of intellectual property assets such as trade secrets....more

Recent Developments In Information Technology Law – Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - I. U.S. Supreme Court - A. Trademarks 3 - II. U.S. Courts of Appeal - A. Patents - B. Copyrights - C. Copyrights/Criminal - D. Trademarks - E. Trademarks/Unfair Trade...more

Power Move: Referring Trade Secrets Theft To The Government For Criminal Prosecution

You’ve just discovered that an employee who recently left your company took your company’s valuable trade secrets with him to his new employer. What are your options?...more

Latest U.S. Efforts to Prosecute Trade Secret Theft Hit a Few Snags

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice announced an initiative to step up its enforcement of trade secret theft. In a February 20 press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration...more

New U.S. Laws Criminalize Theft of Quantitative Trading and Investment Models and Other Trade Secrets and Dramatically Increase...

Introduction - The U.S. Congress recently passed two laws that raise the stakes dramatically for employees of financial services firms and anyone else who misappropriates trade secrets, including source code and other...more

Federal Economic Espionage Act Overview [Video]

Womble Carlyle business litigation attorney Press Millen briefly discusses what companies need to know about the federal Economic Espionage Act, and the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act signed into law January 1,...more

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