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Court Finds Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement is Unenforceable Non-Compete

Last week, in the case of Fay v. Total Quality Logistics, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that language in a non-disclosure agreement was so broad it effectively became an invalid non-compete agreement. The...more

Approaching an NDA From the Client’s Perspective – A Checklist of General Considerations

Nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements (NDAs) are among the most common documents attorneys draft and review for clients. They are so common, in fact, that where a client needs to execute a large number of facially...more

All Trade Secrets Must Be Secret; But Not All Secrets are Trade Secrets

A pair of recent cases illustrate two important interrelated points about trade secret law: First, all trade secrets must be secret. Second, and less obvious, not all secrets are trade secrets....more

Top 10 Tips – Contractual Audits

Audit provisions are very commonly found in commercial contracts, especially those which involve payment of a licence fee or royalty. They are often not the clauses which attract the most attention during contract...more

Top Takeaways: 3 “Secrets of Trade Secrets”

Kilpatrick Townsend partners Lou Barbieri, Josh Ganz, and John Jett recently presented to a group of entrepreneurs at the Atlanta Tech Village on the “Secrets of Trade Secrets.” Here are three key takeaways from the...more

IPF Launches Template Non-Disclosure Agreement and Exclusivity Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, is typically entered into between parties who need to share confidential information with each other in order to evaluate it, typically as a prelude...more

Data Theft And What’s “Tangible”: New York Appellate Division Reinstates Conviction Of Former Goldman Sachs Programmer Sergey...

The law often lags behind developments in the tech world. One problem for employers seeking to protect their data is that some anti-theft and trade secret protection laws drafted long ago refer to “goods” and “tangible”...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2016

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2016 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law. Please join us for our first webinar of the New Year on February 2, 2017, at 12:00 p.m....more

Big Changes for California’s Labor, Employment Laws

Californians are starting to feel the effects of new labor and employment laws passed in 2016 that raise the state’s minimum wage, aim to erase wage gaps, protect immigrant and disabled workers, as well as establish...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - January 2017

How to Protect Business Information From Disclosure Under Illinois' FOIA - Local governments often possess sensitive proprietary information of their vendors or of regulated businesses. Because the Illinois Freedom of...more

Gavel to Gavel: First steps in buying or selling a business

Acquiring or divesting an existing business is a complex endeavor that requires considerable planning and analysis by both the seller and the buyer to protect their respective interests. Originally published in The...more

Court Throws Out Back Massager Trade Dress Infringement Claims on Motion to Dismiss

As the first-filed paper in nearly any litigation, the complaint is typically subject to rigorous scrutiny from the named defendant to identify any flaws that may dispatch the case via a motion to dismiss. A plaintiff in the...more

Court Orders Forensic Examination of Key Custodian Computers: eDiscovery Case Law

In Davis v. Crescent Electric Company et. al., No. 12-5008 (D. S.D., Oct. 12, 2016), South Dakota District Judge Lawrence L. Piersol ruled that a non-disclosure agreement would sufficiently protect any and all confidential...more

Title VII & Sexual Orientation: Update

Federal law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it an “unlawful employment...more

White House Continues Attack on Non-Compete Agreements

“State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements” is the White House’s latest in a series of Executive Branch missives decrying the purported misuse of non-competition agreements by employers across the country....more

Protecting a Tech Company’s Technology and Other Employment Terms: Proprietary Information and Invention Assignment Agreement

Ideas, knowledge and processes are the most important aspects of most early-stage tech companies, so one of the most important questions facing these companies is how to protect the intellectual property and the business from...more

Army Ammunition Goes Green and Infringement Free

In a patent infringement action against the US Army for its use of lead-free “green bullets,” the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that the trial court erred in broadly construing a term of degree and the...more

Groundwork for an M&A Exit – Due Diligence Topics

Selling the company involves a lot of time and effort for management, but there are a few things you can do to get ready for a sale to improve the speed and reduce somewhat the pain of the process. Below are tips on...more

House of Representatives Passes Consumer Review Fairness Act and Better Online Ticket Sales Acts

The House of Representatives passed two bills last week relevant to the advertising industry: the Consumer Review Fairness Act and the Better On-line Ticket Sales Act (“BOTS Act”). The Consumer Review Fairness Act is...more

Protect Your Intellectual Property or Else

With an increasingly competitive marketplace challenging traditional business models, protecting intellectual property in the automotive industry has never been more vital. Among a business's most valuable assets are the four...more

Please Don’t Do This With Your US NDAs

Over the past two weeks, I’ve reviewed two non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for Northern Irish companies that are expanding to the US. I’ve written about NDAs in the past: NDAs and You: Perfect Together. The NDAs were...more

So You Want To Sell Your Business… PART 4 of 4 – Engaging Advisors to Assist in the Sale

The time has come. You have well-thought-out reasons to sell your business. You have put your business in the best possible position for sale. You are ready to devote significant time and money to the sales process. Market...more

How the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Affects Employers and What You Need To Do Now

Almost all employers have information that they consider confidential and/or trade secrets, such as strategic plans for their business, financial information, research and development efforts, certain customer information...more

We Traced The Trade Secret Leak … It’s Coming From Inside The Business

Seyfarth Synopsis: Protecting trade secrets from employee theft requires more than using an NDA when onboarding new employees. If businesses want to protect their confidential information, they need to take a cradle-to-grave...more

Nondisclosure Agreement Is Not Retroactive To Earlier Communications

Robinson, J. Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss count III of counterclaim is granted. Count III alleges breach of a nondisclosure agreement....more

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