Idea Theft

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Hallmark Recovers $47 Million for Theft of Greeting Card Market Research, Eighth Circuit Says Ok

A fascinating, salacious trade secrets case out of the Western District of Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Ruling Extends Trade Secret Protection to Ideas

Altavion v. KMSL extends trade secret protection to valuable design concepts even when those design ideas are shared during a negotiation. Implications - In Altavion v. KMSL, the California Court of Appeal...more

Optimizing Your IP Strategy: Modern, technology-driven organisations must focus on management of IP

As markets become more global and driven by new technologies, a well-thought-out IP strategy is becoming even more critical for businesses. Imagine spending time, money and resources developing a new process or...more

It’s The Real Deal: California Court Finds Trade Secret Protection For Ideas

Here’s a small-time Silicon Valley inventor’s worst nightmare: he shops his technology to a large multi-national company, but the company declines to implement his idea as pitched. Instead, the multi-national company turns...more

Supreme Court on Copyright Infringement & Protection of Ideas

Let’s say you pitch a story idea to a TV production company - and not just an idea, but a complete set of storyboards, characters and scripts. You would be surprised if one day you saw that story idea come to life in a TV...more

Robin Thicke, Marvin Gaye, and the Blurred Line Between Inspiration and Infringement

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines has been a pop-music juggernaut: the year’s best selling song in the United States and the UK is entering its 11th week at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart....more

AGs To The Front Lines: State Attorneys General Begin Wielding Unfair Competition Laws Against Foreign IP Thieves

Companies victimized by intellectual property theft may have a new weapon: asking state attorneys general for civil prosecution under unfair competition laws. ...more

June 2013: Entertainment Litigation Update

California Appeals Court Decides for Defendants in Idea Theft Case. - While idea theft claims continue to proliferate in Hollywood, a recent decision from the California Court of Appeal bolsters defendants’ chances...more

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