Trade Secrets

A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets'... more +
A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets' protected legal status, enterprises must make reasonable efforts to keep the information secret and prevent unnecessary disclosure.  Trade Secrets may include processes, formulas, methods, designs, patterns, et cetera.   less -
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On Obtaining and Asserting Both Trade Secret and Patent Protection: The ITC and Federal Circuit Weigh In

We’ve written previously about how intellectual property owners can obtain both patent and trade secret protection in the same technology. A case out of the Federal Circuit illustrates that IP holders sometimes choose to...more

Converse: Stomping Out Counterfeits through Int’l Trade Commission Proceedings

Earlier this week, Converse launched an all-out offensive to combat what it considers counterfeit and knock-off versions of its Chuck Taylor All-Star line of sneakers. Reports peg the number as at least 22 separate lawsuits...more

DoD's Updated FOIA Program and Exemption 4 Guidance

On September 3, 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule updating its policies and procedures implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including FOIA Exemption 4. FOIA Exemption 4 exempts from...more

Order Pierces Allegations Unsupported By Receivable Evidence In Granting Summary Judgment To All Parties In IP Dispute

In 2011 EarthCam, Inc. (“EarthCam”) brought suit against Richard Hermann (“Hermann”), OxBlue Corporation, Chandler McCormarck, John Paulson, and Brian Mattern (collectively “OxBlue”) asserting corporate espionage to...more

What You Need to Know About Trade Secret Law Now

Recent legal developments have made it more difficult to obtain and enforce some patents including, in particular, medical diagnostics and software-implemented technologies. Because of these patent law changes, a wide...more

Merger Discussions & Non-Compete Agreements: A Recent Case from the EDNY

A recent case out of the Eastern District of New York raises interesting questions about the use of non-compete agreements in connection with merger talks. Let’s take a look: Calico Cottage, Inc. is a New York company...more

Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property: Complexity That Only a Lawyer Could Love

Companies are increasingly working cooperatively to develop technology, particularly software programs. One critical issue is the ownership of the resulting intellectual property in the software programs. This decision is...more

Be Careful What You Ask for: Selecting Forums for Arbitration

On October 2, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rendered its decision in Inetianbor v. CashCall, Inc. Although this case did not involve a non-compete agreement, the Eleventh Circuit’s guidance...more

Recent Albany County Supreme Court Decision Calls into Question the New York State Public Service Commission’s Framework for...

An Albany County Supreme Court decision issued on July 31, 2014 calls into question the New York State Public Service Commission’s (“Commission”) analytical framework for making trade secret determinations. While the...more

"Intellectual Property Issues Stacking Up for 3-D Printing"

In the 1980s and 1990s, viewers of the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” regularly saw Patrick Stewart procure hot tea from a “replicator,” which generated his tea — cup and all — instantly on demand. Even...more

Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China, Part 1: Protecting Your IP

This post is the second in Foley’s blogs on China telemedicine and the first in the blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the...more

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information?

Will California’s “Kill Switch” Law Kill An Employer’s Ability To Protect Sensitive Company Information? In this digital age, smartphone technology has become essential and ubiquitous to business operations. But the...more

Court Denies Forensic Imaging After Parties Do Not Agree to Production at Meet-and-Confer (California)

Boston Scientific Corp. v. Lee, No. 2041 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107584 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 4, 2014). In this intellectual property case, the plaintiff corporation alleged that the defendant’s employment with another company...more

Federal Trade Secrets Protection — Finally Something Both Parties Can Agree On

In recent months, two bipartisan bills have been introduced in Congress providing for a Federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation — the Defend Trade Secrets Act , introduced in the Senate in April, and the Trade...more

Hallmark Cards Awarded $47 Million for Misappropriation of Four-Year-Old Market Research

The number of data theft/trade secret cases that go to trial is growing, as are the size of the verdicts. For example, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a $47 million total recovery for Hallmark Cards for...more

Is a LinkedIn Contact List a Trade Secret? Potentially, Yes

As a LinkedIn user, the decision concerning whether to share your entire list of connections with any individual connection can often implicate a number of strategic questions. As of May 2014, LinkedIn boasts 300 million...more

Trade Secret Plaintiff Goes Three Rounds, Takes a Beating

Last week, New York attorney Douglas R. Dollinger asked the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California to reconsider an order sanctioning Dollinger and his client to the tune of $93,365.92 in monetary...more

Protecting Big Data Systems in a Post-Alice World

Owners of software patents took a blow last June with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International. The Alice Court held that, to be eligible for patent protection, computer-driven innovations...more

Protecting Trade Secrets During Business Collaboration [Video]

Businesses are increasingly working together to develop new products and services. With that collaboration is the risk that precious trade secrets will be lost. Attorney Christopher Larus sits down with Seth Northrop to...more

House Judiciary Committee Approves Trade Secrets Legislation

Congress has taken another step toward enactment of federal civil trade secrets legislation. On September 17, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R.5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, with a single...more

Got an Outdated Employee Handbook? Update Now!

What Employer doesn’t have an Employee Handbook with the requisite at-will language to defeat implied contract claims? So 1990’s. It’s 2014… Time to Update these HOT Employment Areas...more

To Sue for Theft of Your Trade Secrets in California, You May First Have to Give Them Away

California trade secret litigators likely know all about California Code of Civil Procedure Section 2019.210. Those that don’t, should. Section 2019.210 provides that before commencing discovery in a trade secret...more

Employee’s LinkedIn Contacts Once Again Become Focus of Trade Secrets Claim

Following up on the piece I wrote with Jim Ninivaggi, “Whose LinkedIn Profile is it Anyway,” the information contained in an employee’s LinkedIn contacts were discussed in the context of trade secrets in a recent California...more

To Compete or Not to Compete: Is That the Question?

A June 8, 2014 New York Times article highlighted an increasing trend in the areas of antitrust, competition, and employment law: the enforcement of covenants not to compete. As noted in the article, businesses have...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property: There are a variety of laws dealing with the protection of intellectual property (IP) in Australia. These laws provide for the creation of legal rights to the exclusive use or ownership of...more

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