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Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Non-Compete Style

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the company; A disgruntled employee kept saying “please jump with me.” She was trying to line up a grand, mass departure; Of which she was certain no one could...more

Excuse Me Judge, Could I Be Heard On That?

A few months ago, I filed a motion for a TRO on behalf of a client. I thought I had a pretty rock-solid case. My client had discovered that in the weeks and months leading up to the resignation of a former employee, the...more

This Day In Trade Secrets: In October 1859, New York Marble Maker Sues Over Disclosure Of Marbleizing Methods

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this month, New York marble marker Egbert Deming sued Ezra Chapman, seeking to prevent him from disclosing a secret method for making artificial marble. Chapman had agreed in writing not...more

New Texas Trade Secret Law Takes Effect September 1

The Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA or the Act) takes effect on September 1, 2013, and will apply to the theft of trade secrets occurring on or after that date. While trade secrets have long received protection under...more

This Day In Trade Secrets: “Sawing A Woman In Half” Trade Secret Protected By NY Appellate Court

On this day in 1922, the New York appellate division granted magician Horace Goldin an injunction against Clarion Photoplays, Inc., preventing it from disclosing in a motion picture his trade secret for “Sawing a Woman in...more

Bulletproofing A Billion-Dollar Verdict: In A Case Of High Intrigue, DuPont Tries To Defend Its Kevlar Trade Secrets Win On Appeal

Double agents. Bribery. Top-secret industrial facilities. Code words. An undercover FBI operation, complete with a wire. The DuPont v. Kolon Industries trade secrets trial had all the elements of a spy novel...more

ITC Section 337 Update - June 3, 2013

Commission Publishes More New Rules On General Discovery Limitations, E-Discovery Limitations, And Claiming Privilege Or Work Product Protection – On May 15, 2013, the Commission published Amendments (78 Fed. Reg....more

New Texas Statute Provides Businesses With Added Protection for Their Trade Secrets

It is 4:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. You just learned that your top-performing salesman resigned his position to accept employment with a direct competitor. You quickly locate the salesman’s personnel file to determine...more

Texas Joins 47 Other States to Adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

On May 2, 2013, Governor Rick Perry signed the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA), a substantially similar law to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). The adoption of UTSA goes into effect on September 1, 2013, and...more

New U.S. Laws Criminalize Theft of Quantitative Trading and Investment Models and Other Trade Secrets and Dramatically Increase...

Introduction - The U.S. Congress recently passed two laws that raise the stakes dramatically for employees of financial services firms and anyone else who misappropriates trade secrets, including source code and other...more

Watch Your Assets Series Part Four: Key Injunction Strategies

In this series of blog posts, we have examined the use of injunctive relief in state and federal courts in response to employees who have misappropriated confidential information and trade secrets, who have solicited clients...more

Watch Your Assets Part Three: Why and When to Seek Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders

In our last two posts, we identified best practices for ensuring that a company’s house is in order, including the use of narrowly tailored restrictive covenant agreements (Part I) and adopting a company culture and behaviors...more

Watch Your Assets! Using Injunctions to Protect Trade Secrets, Customers, Employees, and Good Will

In this series of blog posts we will examine the use of injunctive relief in state and federal courts in response to employees who have misappropriated confidential information and trade secrets, who solicit clients and...more

Spotlight on the Economic Espionage Act

When the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”) was passed in 1996, it was hailed as a much-needed remedy to combat the growing threat to the United States’ national and economic security posed by efforts, largely foreign, to steal...more

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