In September 1995, Philadelphia-area cookie manufacturer Sweetzel, Inc. got an early Halloween treat when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the company’s cookie recipes and customer...more
In a case decided this past April, the Arizona Court of Appeals found that whether a business's customer list is a trade secret requires a factual inquiry. Calisi v. Unified Financial Services, LLC, Case No. 1 CA-CV-0812. The...more
Under the common law and under California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act, it is broadly accepted that businesses have the right to protect their trade secrets, to the extent of limiting the employment mobility of their...more
Two recent decisions emphasize yet again the value of defining and taking steps to protect a company’s trade secrets.
On May 16, 2013, Judge England issued a preliminary injunction in Farmers Insurance Exchange v....more
Wanke, Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2012 WL 4711888 (Cal. App. 4th, Oct. 4, 2012): In Wanke, the appellate court affirmed that under some circumstances, a company’s customer list can qualify as...more
Under California’s trade secret laws, a trade secret is information that (a) is not generally known in the industry, to the public, or to others who can realize economic value from its disclosure or use; (b) has independent...more