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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 -

Amendments to Texas UTSA Bring it Closer in Line with DTSA, but Differences Remain

Just four years after the Lone Star State ended its holdout by becoming the 48th State to adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Texas passed a bill to amend its enactment. The bill was signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

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When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

Texas Legislature Clarifies and Expands the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 19, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law several amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”), located in Chapter 134A of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. The amendments go into...more

Time to Review Your Non-Competition Agreements in Light of New Nevada Statutory Amendments

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On June 3, 2017, the Governor of Nevada signed Assembly Bill 276 into law, making substantial changes to Nevada Revised Statute (“NRS”) 613, which governs non-competition agreements. The amendments are notable for not only...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure Meet: Molon Motor and Coil Corp. v. Nidec Motor Corp.

by Fish & Richardson on

A recent DTSA decision from the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois tackled the inevitable disclosure doctrine—an area that DTSA aficionados have been keenly watching given the statute’s express disavowal of...more

The Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

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It is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in...more

Court Grants Motion for Terminating Sanctions Against Defendants for Intentional Spoliation: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Omnigen Research et. al. v. Wang et. al., No. 16-00268 (D. Oregon, May 23, 2017), Oregon District Judge Michael J. McShane granted the plaintiffs’ Motion for Terminating Spoliation Sanctions and agreed to issue an Order of...more

Above the Clouds: Jeweler’s Trade Secret Spat Highlights Risk of Employee-Controlled Cloud Storage

We have discussed before the importance of maintaining internal policies and procedures to protect the security and integrity of cloud-based repositories. A recent case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland...more

Emerging Issues In the Defend Trade Secrets Act’s Second Year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One year after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) continues to be one of the most significant and closely followed developments in trade secret law. The statute provides for a federal civil cause of action for...more

Patents or Trade Secrets? Yes, Please.

by Hogan Lovells on

Most energy companies implement Intellectual Property (“IP”) strategies to protect and exploit company IP (offense) and navigate third-party rights (defense). Traditionally, these policies emphasize patents. But today’s...more

Imagining the Perfect Confidentiality Agreement

The perfect confidentiality agreements is, in most cases, overkill and in any event would probably never be signed. Hundreds, if not thousands, of CDAs, NDAs and other secrecy agreements are signed every day, and the vast...more

How Startups Can Protect Their IP Rights

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For businesses that are just starting out, intellectual property (IP) rights can be immensely valuable. Your IP rights could be the business asset that sets your company apart from your competitors. Equally important to...more

Texas Amends its Uniform Trade Secrets Act

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Last month, Texas’s legislature amended the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA). These amendments expand and clarify TUTSA’s definitions, add a clarification to enjoining trade secrets misappropriation, and codify a...more

Court Allows Plaintiff to Amend Complaint to Add Defend Trade Secrets Act Claim After Discovery Reveals Alleged Continued...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A Northern District of California court recently held a plaintiff could amend its complaint to add a Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) claim when discovery showed continued misappropriation after the enactment of the DTSA on...more

How to Protect Your Trade Secrets

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Many businesses choose to protect their valuable intellectual property assets through the use of trade secret protection. A trade secret is any valuable business information that derives its value from being kept secret. The...more

Is Your Employee NDA Weak?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in a world of “leaking” information and the automotive industry is not immune. Automotive companies go to great lengths to protect their confidential information (including innovations). But do they have the legal...more

Trade Secrets May Retain Protections Despite Disclosure to Single Competitor

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently held in United States v. Liew that it was not plain error for the district court not to instruct the jury that disclosure “‘to even a single recipient who is not legally bound to maintain [a trade...more

Courts Still Heavily Favor Rule 65 TROs Over DTSA Ex Parte Seizures

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. While the DTSA has been on the books for over a year, relatively few courts have addressed the ex parte seizure provision and even...more

Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property

1. Poor Man’s patent/copyright: mail yourself a copy of what you want protected and don’t open it.The sealed information can then be used to prove ownership of the intellectual property contained in it. While this may...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Uber announced that it had fired Anthony Levandowski, the former lead engineer for Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. Uber hired Levandowski to lead its efforts to develop a self-driving automobile. The firing...more

Non-Competes Can Cost You More Than A Job

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Normally in this space we write about case developments after the case is decided. This time, though the story involves a mid-case development which led to a company firing an employee it fought hard to keep....more

It’s Inevitable: Pleading Trade Secret Misappropriation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), enacted on May 11, 2016, provides the first private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and allows employers whose trade secrets have been misappropriated to head...more

Choice-of-Law and Choice-of-Forum May Depend on the Choice of Where to File and When: Multi-State Employers Continue to Face...

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers who operate in a multi-state environment should take note of a recent case out of the Sixth Circuit (which governs employers that operate in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.) Stone Surgical, LLC v. Stryker...more

NLRB Settlements Can Be Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Inform The Agency

The last few decisions issued by the NLRB have addressed a wide spectrum of rather unique situations. Just in the last several days we saw decisions involving a combative registered nurse and a human resources representative...more

Why Should Startups Care About Intellectual Property?

by Varnum LLP on

Sales…marketing…revenue…getting more customers…growing my company – these are all at the top of the mind of startups and early stage companies and rightfully so, because without revenue, there will be no company. However,...more

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