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Getting Hammered: California Trial Court Finds for E*Trade in Long-Running Misappropriation Case Where Plaintiff Destroyed the...

In a fifteen-year tale of how not to protect your emerging company’s trade secrets when dealing with the big fish, on September 16, 2015, a California trial court denied a company’s bid for royalties for technology...more

Keep Your Confidential Information Confidential

Most government contractors, or any company with confidential information or trade secrets, have confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements with their employees, subcontractors, or other entities they do business with....more

Employees: Your Role in Keeping Trade Secrets ‘Secret’

As an employee, do you know what you should be doing to protect your company’s critical business information and trade secrets? It’s likely that in your employment contract you agreed not to disclose confidential corporate...more

Brokers: Rely on Broker Statements at Your Peril

Alamo Group, LLC v. A & G Realty Partners, LLC (In re OSC 1 Liquidating Corp.), 529 B.R. 825 (Bankr. D. Del. 2015) – A purchaser of debtors’ lease designation rights filed a complaint in bankruptcy court against the debtors’...more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Draft Cartel Leniency Policy

On September 23, 2015, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) released a draft leniency policy for undertakings engaged in cartel conduct (the Policy) for public consultation. Feedback is invited by the...more

7 Things Startups Should Know About Intellectual Property Law

Make sure you own what you think you own....more

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Trade Secret Disputes and Employment Risks

In today’s post, we have answered some of the most frequent and significant questions that we are asked about trade secret disputes and employment risks. 1. Could you provide a brief snapshot of current trends in...more

Trade Secrets: Policies and Procedures and the Reasonable Steps Requirement

By their very nature, trade secrets are ‘secret’ and are not protected in the same way as traditional forms of intellectual property. When the worst does happen and trade secrets are compromised, most countries’ laws require...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

Trade Secrets Case Against Zillow Gains Steam

This is a short update to a previous post, Zillow Case Shows Danger of Unprotected Trade Secrets During Business Negotiations, posted on May 8, 2015. In that post, we described a trade secrets lawsuit filed against...more

Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Held Inapplicable To Failed Business Transaction

An Illinois appellate court recently rejected applying the inevitable disclosure doctrine in a trade secret misappropriation spat arising out of a failed business transaction....more

Courts Everywhere are Finding Software Patents Invalid, So What Next?

For the last few decades, corporations ranging from startups to large multinationals first turned to utility patents to protect their innovative software. These patents protected everything from the minute details of...more

Think Big Picture – minimize corporate export compliance risks while protecting your information security

Recently I have attended several cyber security conferences. What I have learned about protecting information has changed how I view export controls. Senior management and board members should think about the big picture as...more

M&A: How to Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Business

As a family or private business owner, you know how to sell your product or service. But do you know how to sell the company itself? Selling a business that has been built over the years is emotional and stressful, and for...more

Hey, That’s My Beer! I Think…

In the bustling craft brew economy brewers are faced with new issues every day. One that recently came to my attention arises when the craft brewery’s brewmaster or head brewer decides to either start his own craft brewery,...more

Baker’s Trade Secret Lawsuit Does Not Lead to ‘Sweet’ Dreams

In an opinion issued on July 23, 2015 in Sweet Street Desserts, Inc. v. Better Bakery, LLC, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania underscored the need to think carefully before filing a...more

The Fine Line Between Spying and Strategy: Competitive Intelligence’s Legal Limits and Practical Considerations

Although the market trends may change faster than ever today, companies have been gathering competitive intelligence (“CI”) since the dawn of capitalism. It’s not a new concept, but there are new ways to do it—some more...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2015

En Banc Federal Circuit Upholds The Commission’s Position In Suprema – On August 10, 2015, in an en banc Opinion written by Circuit Judge Reyna, the Federal Circuit upheld the Commission’s position in Suprema, Inc. v....more

Effective Carve-Outs to Seek Injunctive Relief from the Court in Arbitration Provisions

Christopher Pike: “That’s a technicality.” Spock: “I am a [lawyer], sir. We embrace technicalities.” Star Trek Into Darkness - Arbitration is no longer the final frontier. Instead, arbitration is often the...more

Hiring Considerations for Startups: A Checklist

Generally, startups lack resources to hire human resources professionals, and employment-related issues are a distant priority. Navigating the hiring waters is difficult, but sensitivity to a number of issues can ease the...more

An Apple A Day Keeps Employers Awake

Bloomberg just reported last week that the Apple Watch “is eroding demand for traditional timepieces.” That’s not just a bad sign for watch retailers, but for employers who continue to have to keep up with the ever-shrinking...more

LOIs are nothing to LOL about: A primer on letters of intent

Letters of Intent can be minefields. On the one hand, business people want to use them to tie up a deal. On the other, they don’t want to be bound by them if they want to walk away. As one court explained, “It is a common...more

An IP Lawyer Answers the Common Question: "Should I patent this?"

We are often asked “should I get a patent on this?” While there is no simple answer, it helps to understand the patent process, compare it to other ways for protecting inventions, and then weigh the relevant pros and cons. ...more

Trade Secret Protection: What are Reasonable Steps?

Regional and national laws are increasingly focusing on the specific steps that companies should take to protect trade secrets. In the 1996 World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights...more

How Can You Safely Discuss Your IP with Others?

As discussed in our previous posts, startups are about capitalizing on ideas, contacts and experience. In the early stages of a startup or pre-startup, founders often socialize their business plan and details about their idea...more

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