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Industrial Espionage

Espionage: What if an employee uses his private cell-phone to take unauthorised photos inside the employer’s factory?

by Dentons on

The reason for taking the photos could be quite innocent – or it could be sinister. The innocent reason could be that the employee simply wants to show his friends or family what his workplace looks like. The sinister reason...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

by Fisher Phillips on

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

Industrial Espionage and the Defend Trade Secrets Act

American corporations are facing an ever increasing threat of misappropriation of their valuable trade secrets through industrial espionage, defined as the theft of a company’s trade secrets by an actor intending to convert...more

EU and U.S. Reach “Umbrella Agreement” on Data Transfers

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The EU and U.S. reached an agreement on Tuesday (9 September) which will enable the two sides to exchange personal data during criminal and terrorism investigations....more

Corporate Espionage is Real

by Benesch on

Last month the country learned about the unauthorized access of the Houston Astros “Ground Control” database, which contained trade talks, proprietary statistics, and scouting reports, by members of the St. Louis Cardinals...more

Cyber-Symbolism? DOJ Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Prosecution Of State Actors — But Does It Matter?

The U.S. Justice Department has charged members of the Chinese military with allegedly engaging in economic espionage against American companies. It’s the first time that the United States has leveled such charges against...more

Undercover Competitor: Modell’s CEO Allegedly Masquerades as Dick’s Sporting Goods Executive, Taking Corporate Espionage to a New...

Dick’s Sporting Goods has sued Modell’s Sporting Goods and its prominent fourth-generation CEO, Mitchell Modell, claiming Modell brazenly visited a Dick’s retail location and impersonated a Dick’s executive to unlawfully gain...more

David Nosal, Employee Data Theft, and Why Employment Lawyers Should Understand Their Clients' IT Infrastructure

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal judge in San Francisco sentenced David Nosal to a year in prison, three years’ supervised release, 400 hours of community service, and $60,000 in fines. His crime? Nosal violated the Computer...more

ITC Affirms Trade Secret Violation Against Chinese Company For Stealing U.S. Rubber Resin Trade Secrets, Imposes 10-Year Import...

The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s determination that a Chinese company misappropriated its U.S. competitor’s rubber resin trade secrets, and has banned it from importing its...more

A Weapon Against Hackers on Home Front

by Nick Akerman on

Over the past year the national press has repeatedly reported on the vulner­ability of our intellectual property to nation-state hackers like China, which have reportedly accessed and stolen highly con­fidential data by...more

U.S. v. LIEW: Opening Statements and FBI Testimony Kick Off Seven-Week Industrial Espionage Trial

A prosecutor opened the economic espionage trial of Walter Liew on Wednesday by waving at jurors a key that he alleged opened Liew’s safe deposit box containing industrial secrets stolen from DuPont. Assistant U.S....more

U.S. v. LIEW: Jury Selection Focuses On Anti-China Bias In Industrial Espionage Case

A federal judge questioned prospective jurors closely Tuesday for signs of anti-China bias in the industrial espionage trial of a U.S. citizen who prosecutors say fed secrets to a Chinese company. Prosecutors allege...more

The Spies Who Loved Me (And My Trade Secrets): A Brief History Of Industrial Espionage

With Chinese cyber attacks, data security, and industrial espionage occupying more and more space in the headlines, companies are re-evaluating their strategies for guarding sensitive information. There is certain to be more...more

Historic Patent Act Whets Washington's Appetite

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On March 16, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a decade. The...more

Why Go To The Movies?

by Burr & Forman on

Summer has arrived. The Hollywood blockbusters are here. New animated features hit the big screens this week. Superman is flying once more. Sure, if the movies are your cup of tea, then summer is your annual thirst...more

How to Protect Your Company From Hackers

by Bloomberg Law on

March 8 (Bloomberg Law) -- With reports of corporate espionage and hacking on the rise, the US government and private companies need to take steps to prevent the loss of trade secrets and threats to national security says...more

Obama Administration Reports on Efforts to Prevent Trade Secret Misappropriation

The Obama Administration issued a Report earlier this month, entitled "Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets," that sets forth its efforts to prevent trade secret misappropriation. The Report...more

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