Trade Secrets

A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets'... more +
A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets' protected legal status, enterprises must make reasonable efforts to keep the information secret and prevent unnecessary disclosure.  Trade Secrets may include processes, formulas, methods, designs, patterns, et cetera.   less -
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Federal Trade Secrets Act

At long last, there is a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted in 2016. The DTSA complements state law remedies, which are not preempted,...more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house...more

Intellectual property: when you don’t know what you have

Does my company have any material intellectual property (IP)? If so, what is it, and how do we protect it? Unfortunately, often businesses cannot correctly answer these questions, failing to recognize valuable IP rights...more

Court Declines to Issue Seizure Order under Defend Trade Secrets Act

As we previously reported, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted last May includes a powerful ex parte seizure proceeding that allows courts in “extraordinary circumstances” to order the seizure of property...more

Cybersecurity 2017: The Year in Preview

Introduction - Cybersecurity was a prominent factor in 2016 in all aspects of government, business and personal affairs. Russian and other foreign national hacking has the potential to spark a new form of cold...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

Cross-border Trade Secrets Protection - Coincidence or Collaboration?

The US and the EU passed new trade secret laws within 30 days of each other. If you are engaged in cross-border business you are now subject to dual enforcement -- but also common protections in both jurisdictions. What can...more

Defending A Former Employee On a Non-Compete Or For Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets? Read This.

Do you really have to rush to Court to obtain an injunction for a misappropriation of trade secrets? Maybe not. But for an injunction enforcing a non-compete agreement, maybe yes. ...more

Key Takeaways: IP 101 for Non-IP Counsel

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Allisen Pawlenty-Altman and Associate Kate Gaudry Ph.D. recently participated in an interactive panel — “Technology and IP Forum: IP 101 for Non-IP Counsel” — presented by the National Capital...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

Misappropriation Versus the Copyright Act: Round 2 in the Fifth Circuit

A few months ago, Trade Secrets Watch covered the GlobeRanger Corp. case in which the Fifth Circuit joined 10 other circuits in determining that the Copyright Act does not preempt state trade secret misappropriation claims....more

Of Greek Gods and Data Breaches

The sorry story of Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinal executive convicted of hacking into the Houston Astros computer system expanded last month when Federal Judge Lynn Hughes unsealed details about the extent of the...more

A Primer on “Cross-Referencing” the DTSA Whistleblower Immunity Provision Following 4 Simple Steps

In the spring of 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA” or “Act”) was signed into law providing trade secret owners for the first time a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Although the DTSA...more

Potential Intellectual Property Issues on the Table in the 115th Congress

Over the past decade, intellectual property issues have often taken center stage in Congress. The America Invents Act, passed in 2011, changed patent landscape in many ways, most notably by changing the U.S. patent system...more

What Will Happen to the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement?

In the waning weeks of the Obama administration, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Daniel H. Marti, colloquially known as the “IP czar,” released the latest U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property...more

Causing a Brouhaha: Trade Secrets Disputes in the Craft Beer Industry

In recent years, the craft beer craze has taken ahold of the country and has resulted in an explosion of new microbreweries and enthusiasts. Several websites, like BeerSmith, allow users to share recipes with others; other...more

Major League Baseball fines Cardinals and Plucks Draft Picks for Hacking the Astros

It doesn’t always pay to be a hacker. Major League Baseball (MLB) this week made a strong statement about its tolerance for teams hacking other teams. We previously reported on the incident when a Cardinals employee hacked...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 29, Issue 1

The Cost Of Keeping Things Quiet: Crackdown On Confidentiality Clauses Calls For Explicit Carve-Outs - In last February’s Employment Law Commentary, we discussed best practices for drafting separation agreements. Among...more

Gavel to Gavel: Trade secrets now a federal case

Almost all businesses possess at least some trade secrets, which could include a wide variety of information, including customer lists, formulas, manufacturing processes, data compilations, marketing plans and many other...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

The New Joint DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the “Guidelines”). These Guidelines replaced those issued...more

The DTSA and Civil Seizure Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) civil seizure mechanism provides victims of trade secret theft with a tool to immediately freeze dissemination of stolen proprietary information. Using civil seizure, a court may direct...more

McNees 2016 In Review – Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

The year 2016 saw interesting and diverse developments in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent law. Not only has intellectual property news been in the headlines, but these areas have made it to the Supreme Court....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

Health Law Insights: January Newsletter

ALERT: Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty - Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate...more

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