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Congress Considers Landmark Trade Secret Reforms

If enacted, the legislation would represent the most significant trade secret reform in many years. Major federal trade secret legislation is receiving strong bipartisan support and consideration in the US Congress. The...more

The ITC Flexes Its Trade Secrets Muscles Again

The Federal Circuit has once again affirmed the ITC’s broad jurisdiction to investigate and, if necessary, remedy extraterritorial misappropriation of trade secrets. Based on this and other recent decisions, it looks like the...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears United States Senate Judiciary Committee

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad bipartisan support. Currently, state law governs civil claims for trade secret misappropriation, generally under a particular state’s...more

Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media...more

Money Is Time: A Note on Valuation and Sentencing in Criminal Trade Secrets Cases

Criminal trade secrets prosecutions tend to make national headlines, and for good reason. With fact patterns that often involve international intrigue, high technology, and millions of dollars in play, these cases can read...more

Top 10 Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Developments

There were several noteworthy developments in 2015 in the area of trade secrets and unfair competition. This post focuses on developments affecting California employers. Due to the unsettled nature of some of the law, this...more

New Year, New Progress: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Reports Out From the Senate Judiciary Committee

As previously reported on TSW, the road to federal right of action for trade secrets misappropriation has been a long one. In the absence of a federal trade secrets law, the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”) and various state...more

Aviation Contractor Glides Away From Liability After Receiving Unsolicited Email Containing Trade Secrets

If a third party sends you someone’s trade secrets, and you delete them as soon as you know they’re trade secrets, you’re off the hook for misappropriation. That, in a nutshell, is what a Florida federal judge held on...more

Oil-And-Gas Services Companies Argue Over Trial Court’s Authority to Exclude Corporate Representatives Under New Texas Trade...

On January 13, before the Texas Supreme Court, two major oil-and-gas-services companies disputed whether Texas’s new trade secret laws require a trial court to exclude a party’s corporate representative from a hearing at...more

The Duty of Loyalty Awakens

If you’re a Star Wars fan, loyalty probably means waiting ten years for “The Force Awakens.” (Or even longer if you prefer not to count Episodes I-III). For an employee looking to leave her current employer, however, loyalty...more

SEC Wins Jury Verdict in Insider Trading Case

The SEC prevailed at trial, winning a jury verdict is an unusual insider trading case against a former Capital One Financial Corporation employee. SEC v. Huang, Civil Action No. 15-cv-269 (E.D. Pa. Filed Jan. 22, 2015)....more

EU Reaches “Provisional Agreement” on New Trade Secret Directive

The Council of Ministers announced that the Luxembourg presidency had reached a “provisional agreement” with the European Parliament representatives regarding a new Trade Secret Directive (“Provisional Directive”) on December...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2016

Court Reverses $1 Million Discrimination Verdict Entered Against LA Fire Department - Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, 241 Cal. App. 4th 1390 (2015) - Jabari Jumaane, an African-American firefighter with the Los...more

Single Claim Approach for Trade Secret Misappropriation - Allied Erecting & Dismantling Co. v. Genesis Equip. & Mfg.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court decision holding that a plaintiff is precluded from filing a claim based on alleged ongoing misbehavior when an allegation of trade secrets...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Uphold Delaware As A Forum

This decision applies Delaware’s forum non conveniens law to a suit against a Delaware corporation arising out of events in India. The analysis is helpful for other cases because it deals with all the various factors to be...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission closed out the week before the holidays with a joint press conference with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. The U.S. Attorney and the Director of Enforcement announced actions against former hedge fund manager and...more

In China: Is Your Business Information Qualified for Protection in Trade Secrets Litigation?

Recently, China and the U.S. have reached some meaningful commitments on minimizing trade secrets misappropriation and protecting intellectual property during their Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.The commitments...more

Obscured by the Cloud? Advanced Instructional Systems and the Scourge of Online IP Theft

The conveniences of cloud computing are many, but so are the dangers of doing business in the cloud. For businesses whose intellectual property is accessible in the cloud, there is the constant threat that that intellectual...more

Billy Mitchell v. The Cartoon Network Inc. - USDC, New Jersey, November 23, 2015

District Court grants Cartoon Network’s motion to dismiss right of publicity claim brought by plaintiff, well-known figure in video-gaming community and antagonist in documentary film The King of Kong, finding that cartoon...more

Update on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Protection of Trade Secrets

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the protection of trade secrets through the creation of a federal civil cause of action, which would allow trade secret victims to sue for trade secret...more

IPO Sends Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of Defend Trade Secrets Act

Yesterday, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary expressing "strong support" for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S....more

A “Big Deal”: Latest U.S.-China Talks Signal Progress for Protection of Trade Secrets

Expectations didn’t appear high for the latest round of China-U.S. talks about a variety of economic issues including trade secret protection. As previously discussed at TSW, China had not signed onto the Trans-Pacific...more

Sixth Circuit Differentiates Trade Secrets and Confidential Information Under Texas Law

Last week, in a diversity jurisdiction case, the Sixth Circuit analyzed Texas law to identify the relationship among three separate categories of business information: (1) trade secrets, (2) contractually protected...more

At Risk: Law Firms Bringing Bad Faith Trade Secrets Claims

Companies get anxious when key employees leave to start new ventures. A company may try to shield itself from the risk of losing confidential information by seeking an injunction preventing its former employees and their new...more

California Supreme Court to Decide Whether Finding That UTSA Claim Was Filed in Bad Faith Can Revive a Previously Dismissed...

The California Supreme Court’s recent decision to review the Second District Court of Appeals’ ruling in Parrish v. Latham & Watkins, 238 Cal. App. 4th 81 (2015) sets the stage for a potential sea change in the litigation of...more

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