Economic Espionage Act US v Aleynikov

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New York v. Aleynikov: New York State’s Penal Code (Like Federal Criminal Law) Does Not Cover Electronic Reproduction of Source...

In 2009, Sergey Aleynikov was a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs to write high-frequency trading code. He accepted an offer to join a new Chicago-based company, Teza Technologies. Before he left Goldman Sachs,...more

500,000 Lines of Source Code: The New “Intangible Property”

Sergey Aleynikov’s six-year trade secret odyssey through all possible configurations of litigation, civil and criminal, federal and state, may at long last have come to an end after the New York Supreme Court recently...more

When Theft is not a Federal or State Crime

In the most recent ruling in a lengthy and procedurally complex criminal case, a New York trial court dismissed a computer programmer’s criminal conviction under New York’s Unlawful Use of Secret Scientific Material law for...more

The Rising Threat Of Trade Secrets Theft

One of the drawbacks of a global economy is the rise in trade secret theft. In the absence of a seamless global enforcement infrastructure foreign actors have had little fear of being caught and suffering any consequences. ...more

President Obama Acts to Clarify Federal Trade Secrets Law

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed the “Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012.” This new law clarifies the scope of the “Economic Espionage Act of 1996” (18 USC §§1831-39). The enactment of the new...more

Congress Acts To Strengthen Federal Trade Secret Protection

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, (the TTSCA), S. 3642, which broadens the scope of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. Sections 1831-39)....more

New Federal Statute Strengthens Trade Secret Protection

Trade secret protection expanded to include products or services "used in or intended for use in interstate or foreign commerce." On December 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Theft of Trade Secrets...more

Second Circuit Reverses Economic Espionage Conviction, Then Steps Back

This blog has previously covered the arrest, prosecution and trial of Sergey Aleynikov, the former employee and computer programmer of the Goldman Sachs Group accused and convicted of misappropriating computer source code...more

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