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Lawyers for multiple small companies have accused search engine giant Google Inc. of stealing from their clients’ trade secrets

In the past lawyers for multiple small companies have accused search engine giant Google Inc. of stealing and profiting from their clients’ trade secrets. In the case of VSL Communications, their lawyers claim that Google did...more

Better Describe Trade Secret If You Want to Protect It

New Castle Beverage, Inc. v. Spicy Beer Mix, Inc. - In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeal of the State of California’s Second Appellate District affirmed the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction...more

Incubate This: Trade Secrets Lessons From HBO’s Silicon Valley [May Contain Spoilers]

HBO’s new series Silicon Valley satirizes the tech zeitgeist born and bred in the region that is the show’s namesake by following a group of young software developers on their journey to build the next billion-dollar startup....more

Texas Court Of Appeals: Providing "Treasure Map" To Potential Investors Without Non-Disclosure Agreement Does Not Destroy Trade...

A Texas Court of Appeals upheld a jury's determination that a seismic map of an underground natural gas field retained its trade secret status, despite the fact that the owner gave the map to the alleged misappropriator and...more

Document Library to Protect and Capitalize on Intellectual Property

All companies need to take steps to document their rights in and the value of their intellectual property. When your core business is based on key intellectual property, be it a distinctive brand (trademark), innovative...more

Properly Analyzing Breach of a NDA - Loftness Specialized Farm Equip., Inc. v. Twiestmeyer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has explained that under Minnesota law it is inappropriate to apply the test for the tort of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information when the issue is...more

The Restaurateur’s Dilemma: Should Owners Force Chefs To Sign Ndas?

Should restaurateurs wonder each time they hire someone: Will this person steal their recipes — the bread and butter of their business?...more

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

Are You Leaving Some Of Your Most Important Assets Unprotected? – Trade Secrets

Trade secrets can be some of the most valuable assets a company has and it is important put procedures in place to safeguard this information. The Uniform Trade Secrets Act, adhered to by a majority of states, defines trade...more

Seek Advice In Drafting Trade Secrets And Confidentiality Agreements

In an article recently posted at mondaq.com, Richard Stobbe provides several excellent examples of why employers should consult with their counsel when drafting trade secrets and confidentiality agreements, instead of copying...more

Implementing a Trade Secrets Protection Program

In the business world, protection of trade secrets can make the difference between success and failure, or profit and loss. This post seeks to show you how to protect your company’s trade secrets so that in the event one of...more

Keeping Secrets: Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Agreements

If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, you have probably encountered non-disclosure agreements or agreements with a similar title: confidentiality agreements, CAs, NDAs or confidential disclosure agreements. These...more

Oktoberfest Edition! Beer And Trade Secrets

Yes, we know the real Oktoberfest takes place primarily in September, and, yes, this post has nothing to do with Germany or celebrations or even fun. But this time of year presented a good excuse to write about the...more

Class 6: How to Avoid Losing Patent Rights

In This Presentation: •Today’s Main Topic: – How to Avoid Losing Patent Rights •May Cover: – What is Intellectual Property (Class 1 Redux)? – Making Use of Trade Secrets (Catch-up from...more

Recommendations for Avoiding Trade Secret Misappropriation

Although the following recommendations will not eliminate all risks, each one will have a cumulative effect toward establishing a structure that is most likely to prevent the disclosure or use of trade secrets by new...more

It’s Critical to Protect Your Proprietary Information

Lawsuits against employees and contractors, including consultants, for unauthorized use of a company’s confidential and proprietary information are common. For instance, on July 29, Abunassar Impact Basketball LLC filed suit...more

How to Protect Confidential Business Information in Tennessee

A dilemma employers often face when key employees leave and join a competitor is how to stop the employee from taking and misusing the employer’s confidential business information. In Tennessee, such questions are answered,...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2013

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Former Employee Allegedly Coughs Up Cold Remedy Formula: Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement Largely Ineffective

A New Jersey appellate court’s decision last week in UCB Mfg., Inc. v. Tris Pharma, Inc., serves as a cautionary tale for employers when drafting confidentiality agreements to protect their trade secrets and confidential...more

Employment Newsletter - August 2013: Strong Policies and Vigilance Are Key to Protecting the Confidential Information of...

Unless companies are involved in technology or related products, most do not consider how they are going to protect their confidential information until there is a problem. Problems can arise in very common scenarios, for...more

Non-Disclosure Agreements: A Cautionary Tale

Agreements which contain non-disclosure obligations (also known as a confidentiality agreements, CAs, NDAs or confidential disclosure agreements) are common in many industries - from licensing deals to franchise agreements,...more

Preparation Counts: Two Courts Reaffirm the Benefit of Identifying and Taking Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Two recent decisions emphasize yet again the value of defining and taking steps to protect a company’s trade secrets. On May 16, 2013, Judge England issued a preliminary injunction in Farmers Insurance Exchange v....more

Steps To Consider Before Hiring An Employee from A Competitor To Minimize The Likelihood Of Litigation

Hiring an employee away from a competitor can be a potential legal minefield. It can lead to significant exposure to lawsuits for causes of action including misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of tortious interference...more

Corporate & Securities Law Alert May 2013 - Entrepreneurs: Go Forth And Act, But Act Wisely

What distinguishes those with great ideas from entrepreneurs is elementary. Entrepreneurs act on their idea. Tantamount to acting, is planning and good advice. Anyone who wants to pursue a concept should first do some...more

America Invents Act Makes Significant Changes to U.S. Patent Law

March 16, 2013, marked the beginning of “first-inventor-to-file,” the backbone of the new U.S. patent system under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The AIA is the most comprehensive review of American patent law...more

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