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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 -

ITC Declassifies Portions of Final Determination

by Jones Day on

In re Certain Network Devices, Related Software and Components Thereof (I), Inv. No. 337-TA-944 (ITC Comm’n Apr. 19, 2017), is a surprisingly rare opinion addressing a common issue: When should the ITC redact a portion of an...more

Pooley’s Corner: When Taking Trade Secrets Becomes a Crime

In the recent lawsuit filed against Uber by Waymo for hiring the head of its driverless car project, what would have been a normal discovery dispute over access to a report suddenly became a lot more complicated when the...more

Enlisting Government Help to Protect Your Trade Secrets

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Yeah, right. Most businesses think protecting their intellectual property is their own responsibility, and it is. But what about when your intellectual property rights are...more

Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups

by Revision Legal on

One of the toughest things about being a new and struggling startup is that funds can be incredibly limited, so you have to carefully assess how to use the precious resources you have most effectively...more

Not a Trade Secret

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In U.S. v Jennifer Salgado & Jenny’s Tax Service, (No. 1:16-CV-03186-SMJ, Mar. 24, 2017) the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (the “Court”) held that a taxpayer’s client list and client identifying...more

Texas Pre-Suit Discovery – Obligations Under Unusual Procedure Clarified

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although most employers are very familiar with the usual discovery process of litigation, they may not be as familiar with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure’s Rule 202, which concerns pre-suit depositions. Rule 202 can be...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Nears Year One: What Employers, Trade Secret Owners Need to Know

by Holland & Knight LLP on

An employer or trade secret owner can now assert a federal private cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), 18 U.S.C. §1836(b), if “the trade secret is related to a...more

What To Do When You Hire A Thief

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers victimized by trade secret misappropriation appropriately express righteous outrage, both at the offending ex-employee and sometimes at the new employer. However, on another day the roles can reverse: That same...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This. Intellectual Property Tips for the Esports Industry - With the annual Game Developers Conference spectacular in our rearview mirror, and the NBA’s partnership with Take-Two to...more

SOUR GRAPES: Fig Spread Verdict Under DTSA Doesn’t Stick, Argue Jam Company Defendants

In a dispute over ripped off recipes, counsel for victorious plaintiff Dalmatia Import Group hailed the jury verdict as the first of its kind under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, as we previously reported. Not so fast, sulked...more

Brunswick Rail Wins Emergency Evidence Protection in Trade Secret Case Against Former Employees

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OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt. v. Sultanov, No. 5:17-cv-00017-EJD, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2343 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 6, 2017). The court partially granted the plaintiff, OOO Brunswick Rail Mgmt., a motion for emergency evidence...more

Top trade secret developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Trade secrets form one of the most valuable assets of technology companies. The protection of trade secrets is widely seen as essential to foster innovation and economic growth. This past year, both the United States (U.S.)...more

Wage Violations Are Now “Public Record” Under Colorado’s New Wage Theft Transparency Act

On April 13, 2017, Governor Hickenlooper signed the Wage Theft Transparency Act into law, which is effective immediately. The Act makes “wage theft” violations in Colorado, including nonpayment of wages or overtime...more

Don’t Forget to Establish Personal Jurisdiction in Defend Trade Secrets Act Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It is well known that 18 U.S.C. § 1836, et seq. (the Defend Trade Secrets Act or “DTSA”) finally provides a mechanism for pursing trade secret claims in federal court. A recent decision, however, serves as an excellent...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #3

Employees Criminally Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets From Two Financial Services Trading Firms: One former employee of Susquehanna International Group LP (“SIG”) and another from KCG Holdings, Inc. were criminally charged...more

Are My Customer Lists a Trade Secret?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A lawyer’s favorite phrase might be “it depends.” And when an employer asks whether its customer lists qualify as a trade secret, “it depends” is often the answer. But even if it’s difficult to definitively state whether...more

A Bump in the Road: An Update on the Waymo v. Uber Litigation

The Waymo v. Uber trade secrets litigation has been underway for less than two months but the case has already hit quite few speed bumps with multiple discovery battles, Waymo’s efforts to obtain a preliminary injunction from...more

New specialized IP Tribunals unveiled in economic powerhouses Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the largely successful establishment of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court has recently also given the green light for the establishment of specialized...more

4 Key Takeaways: All the Crime We Cannot See

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Audra Dial recently served as moderator on a prestigious panel at the American Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference (IPL Spring) in Arlington, Virginia. The panel,...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits

by White & Case LLP on

On March 31, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prepare an "Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits". The report will...more

3 Top Takeaways: Modern Protection of Business Interests

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Audra Dial recently joined other dignitaries to speak about “Business Law in the 21st Century” at the 2017 Dean Robert J. D’Agostino Symposium presented by the John Marshall Law Journal. Ms. Dial’s...more

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers have been using restrictive covenant agreements – contracts that contain non-compete, customer non-solicitation, employee non-solicitation, or non-disclosure of confidential information – with increasing frequency...more

Glimmers of Justice Gorsuch’s Prospective IP Jurisprudence

by Snell & Wilmer on

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia. While on the Tenth Circuit, Justice Gorsuch wrote opinions on complex trade secret,...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: More on CBP Searching Electronic Devices – What is Left of the Fourth...

As mentioned in a prior blog post, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can conduct searches of individuals departing the United States, a fact that many are not aware of. In fact, the rule that failure to declare...more

It’s Positioning That Matters: Texas Court of Appeals Holds Proof Of Actual Use Not Required At The Temporary Injunction Phase

Christopher Hughes worked for Age Industries, Ltd. (“AI”) for nearly 20 years. He was the general manager of one of AI’s branch facilities and a limited partner of the company. In this role, Hughes had access to much of AI’s...more

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