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Inside Job – Judge Labson Freeman Applies the CFAA Restrictively

Koninklijke Phillips N.V., et. al. v. Elec-Tech Int’l Co., Ltd., et al.,, Case No. 14-cv-02737 (BLF) (March 20, 2015) - Plaintiff Koninklijke Phillips N.V. (Phillips) and its subsidiary Phillips Lumileds Lighting...more

China’s New Cybersecurity Policies: Is the Price of Compliance Worth the Risk of Disclosure?

Tensions recently escalated in the United States and China’s ongoing exchange over online security and technology policies, as China adopted the first in a series of policies it previously approved at the end of last year. ...more

The Major Threat Presented by a Tiny Thumb Drive

In our modern, ever-electronic, workplace, it continues to become ever-easier for dishonest employees to help themselves to their employer’s most sensitive and valuable assets through wholesale electronic copying of...more

On Obtaining and Asserting Both Trade Secret and Patent Protection: The ITC and Federal Circuit Weigh In

We’ve written previously about how intellectual property owners can obtain both patent and trade secret protection in the same technology. A case out of the Federal Circuit illustrates that IP holders sometimes choose to...more

Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property: Complexity That Only a Lawyer Could Love

Companies are increasingly working cooperatively to develop technology, particularly software programs. One critical issue is the ownership of the resulting intellectual property in the software programs. This decision is...more

Recent Albany County Supreme Court Decision Calls into Question the New York State Public Service Commission’s Framework for...

An Albany County Supreme Court decision issued on July 31, 2014 calls into question the New York State Public Service Commission’s (“Commission”) analytical framework for making trade secret determinations. While the...more

Technology Design Concepts Can Be Trade Secrets

Conventional wisdom holds that software algorithms and source code can be protected as trade secrets, but broader technology “design concepts” can only be safeguarded by registering for patent protection. But that...more

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

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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