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Lessons Learned: Tips on How to Allege and Argue Trade Secret Misappropriation at a Preliminary Injunction Hearing

Since its passage in 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) has increasingly become a valuable tool for employers seeking to enjoin former employees and competitors from misappropriating trade secrets. However, in requests...more

Recent Illinois Developments in Employee Non-Compete and Trade Secret Enforcement Actions: What Every Employer Should Know

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past several months, state and federal courts in Illinois have issued several important decisions that will impact employers’ efforts to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants and protect their trade secrets....more

The Third Circuit Addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and Appears to Have Applied the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) states very clearly that an injunction issued pursuant thereto may not “prevent a person from entering into an employment relationship,” and that any conditions placed on a former...more

Illinois Federal Court Allows Inevitable Disclosure Theory in Defend Trade Secrets Act Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 11, 2017, a Northern District of Illinois federal court ruled that a Plaintiff properly alleged misappropriation under both the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) in a...more

The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure

A recent decision in the Northern District of Illinois gave life to the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Inevitable disclosure is a common law doctrine by which a court can prevent a former...more

Don’t “Hire” A Lawsuit: A New Employee’s Misappropriation of Trade Secrets May Quickly Become Your Own

by Fisher Phillips on

Companies commonly assume that they will only be sued for trade secret misappropriation if they or someone from their company steal the “secret sauce” of their competitor. Not true. A far more common way that companies get...more

Court Allows Trade-Secret Misappropriation Claim Based on Inevitable Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed one company to sue its direct competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets based entirely on the improper taking of trade secrets...more

Adding Inevitability to the Often Disfavored Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

In a prior blog post, we used the Star Wars Universe as the backdrop for a discussion about obtaining a preliminary injunction in the context of a noncompete agreement. But we left a discussion of the inevitable disclosure...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy Companies With Trade Secrets - Welcome to the DTSA

by WilmerHale on

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual...more

The Interplay of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, Inevitable Disclosure, and Non-Competes

by Fish & Richardson on

When it comes to protecting one’s trade secrets, one of the most important remedies a trade secret owner may want is a court order enjoining a former employee from going to a competitor and making use the trade secret there,...more

Trade Secrets Law: The Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine is Not Yet Dead

by Murtha Cullina on

A Memorandum and Order issued on August 3, 2016 by a United States District in Missouri is an early illustration of the interplay between state non-competition and trade secret law and the recently enacted (May 11) federal...more

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act vs. The California Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Although some version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”) has widely been adopted by most states, including California, variations among the versions and related judicial interpretation has led to...more

[Webinar] Defend Trade Secrets Act and Ex Parte Seizures: Strategic Considerations - July 20th, 1:00p.m. ET

by BakerHostetler on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act recently passed in Congress is designed to expand the toolbox for trade secret protection, and it necessitates changes to agreements and policies with contractors, consultants and employees....more

Another Challenge for Information Governance: The Defense of Trade Secrets Act

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Good information governance requires not only protecting the security of sensitive and proprietary information; it often requires pursuing legal action against those who threaten the secrecy and value of a company’s trade...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 28, Issue 6 - June 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act – What Employers Need To Know Right Now - Trade secrets are a critical component of the intellectual property of a company, either standing alone or as a complement to a company’s patent...more

Five Questions You Should Ask About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

What Is the DTSA and How Is It Different From the Uniform Trade Secrets Act? Until recently, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) allowed for federal trade secret actions by the U.S. Department of Justice. The...more

Is the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Inevitable?

An important feature of the recently enacted Defense of Trade Secrets Act was that it left state trade secret law intact. This meant that states that had adopted the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine could continue to apply it,...more

The Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Retailers Should Know

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA), creating the first Federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The DTSA overlaps substantially with,...more

Texas Supreme Court: Company Representative May Be Excluded from Trade Secret Hearing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a clash between two major oil companies, the Texas Supreme Court ruled May 20, 2016 that the recently enacted Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”) allows the trial court discretion to exclude a company representative...more

Trade Secrets Claims Reach Federal Court: New Law Changes Jurisdiction, Remedies and Duties

Until May 12, 2016, trade secret law was the only area of intellectual property law left largely to state courts and state law. But no longer. On May 12, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, Pub. L....more

“Defend Trade Secrets Act” Signed Into Law Effective May 11, 2016

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

The Defendant Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. The new statute creates broad private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and has been hailed as...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, Opening Federal Courts to Aggrieved Companies

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

For the first time, companies have a federal private right of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed by President Barack Obama on May 11, 2016, applies to any...more

It's No Secret: Employment & Federal Considerations in New Trade Secrets Law

by Bracewell LLP on

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The result of rare bipartisan support, the DTSA was passed unanimously by the Senate and by a 410-2 vote by the House last month. It...more

Obama signs federal trade secret bill into law: key points for IP

by DLA Piper on

President Barack Obama today signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, effective immediately. The DTSA provides a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets have been...more

Massachusetts Courts Continue to Reject Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

Judge Janet L. Sanders of the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session has continued the trend of Massachusetts courts refusing to recognize the inevitable disclosure doctrine....more

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