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U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2014 Special 301 Report

On April 30th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued the 2014 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, the "USTR is fully committed to unlocking opportunity for those Americans to...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

IP, trade secrets and employee mobility - Judges and attorneys discuss top-of-mind issues for Silicon Valley tech employers

Increasingly today, the value of a company is measured not by its physical assets, but by the talents of its employees and the utility of its intellectual property. Because of their knowledge and experience, talented...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

Trade Secret Legislation May Increase Infringement Claims and Lead to a Private Right of Action

Congress recently took new steps to protect trade secrets, which are generally defined as all forms or types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information that the owner has taken...more

Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreements Enforceable Against Former Employee

Generally speaking, noncompete agreements are often rigidly construed by courts and reviewed in terms of whether they are reasonably limited with respect to time and place. On the other hand, confidentiality agreements and...more

"Recent Amendment to the Economic Espionage Act Extends Protection Against Misappropriation"

On December 28, 2012, President Obama enacted the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012. The Act clarifies the scope of Section 1832 of the Economic Espionage Act and attempts to reverse the Second Circuit’s recent...more

To Patent, or Not to Patent?

Let’s say you (or your company) have developed some technology with significant commercial value. To protect your exclusive ownership of this technology, your first impulse may be to file a patent application. However,...more

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