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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 -

Trade Secret Misappropriation By Ex-Employees In China: How To Confront “Inside Theft”

Article 123 of the General Provisions of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China (effective Oct. 1, 2017) confirmed that trade secrets are intellectual property, signifying China’s recognition of the importance of...more

Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Company's Secrets?

by Fisher Phillips on

A decade ago, I litigated a trade secret/unfair competition dispute between two large plastics manufacturers. The Plaintiff was based in southwest Florida, the Defendant in southern Alabama. The factual dispute is...more

Looking Beyond Patents at the International Trade Commission—Is the ITC an Underutilized Forum?

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency responsible for enforcing Section 337 of the Tariff Act, a trade statute designed to protect U.S. industries from...more

The Supreme Court Punts on Clarifying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”) has generated controversy and disagreement among courts and commentators regarding the scope of its application. The statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1030, which provides for...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Password-Sharing Case, Leaving Scope of Criminal Liability Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344. Nosal asked the Court to determine whether a person violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s prohibition...more

Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act Prohibits Improper Acquisition Of Trade Secrets, Regardless Of Subsequent Use

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Misappropriation of trade secrets claims can sometimes be difficult to sustain. While evidence of the taking of a trade secret may be available, evidence of its subsequent use may not. In Integrated Global Services, Inc. v....more

Federal Court Warns Companies – If You Don’t Protect Your Trade Secrets, Neither Will We

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In 2016 Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act, creating a federal cause of action for the theft of trade secrets. For a plaintiff attempting to prove that the information at issue is a trade secret, there is a tendency...more

Interim Adverse Judgment Rule Averts Malicious Prosecution Claim

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The California Supreme Court found that the denial of summary judgment in an underlying trade secrets misappropriation action established sufficient probable cause to bring an action under the California interim adverse...more

Patents or Trade Secrets? Deciding How Best to Protect Your Invention - Part I: Can The Invention be Kept Secret?

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Key Takeaway: One critical question to ask when deciding whether to protect your invention using patents or trade secrets is how well the invention can be kept secret. Ease of reverse-engineering, risk of independent...more

Corporate E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

Business Litigation E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

Big Brown v. PowerPoint Pilferers in Trade Secret Spat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Earlier this week, the United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, against several unidentified UPS pilots, who are referred to in the complaint as “John Does...more

How to Protect Trade Secrets Under Federal Law

by Revision Legal on

Trade secrets are among the most valuable forms of intellectual property owned by any business. Those trade secrets should be and must be protected from misappropriation and unauthorized disclosure. As recently reported,...more

Legal Issues Within The Beverage Industry

Jeff Stover, an intellectual property attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, recently spoke at BevCon Charleston, a conference solely focused on the beverage industry. While most of us see the fun side of the beverage...more

Nosal Reply Brief Sets Stage For SCOTUS Cert Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court, which just began a new term on Monday with a full complement of nine justices, is expected to soon decide whether it will hear the appeal of David Nosal, the former Korn Ferry executive whose...more

Don’t Be the Next Headline: Protect Your Company’s Trade Secrets!

by Lane Powell PC on

WITH UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING PATENT LAW in the middle of this tech boom, it’s no surprise that legal headlines continue to highlight jury verdicts and court orders awarding millions of dollars for trade secret theft. When...more

Massachusetts Legislature Schedules Hearing on Non-Compete Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again. Under new leadership, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development recently scheduled a hearing for October 31, 2017 on the non-compete reform bills proposed in...more

Accounts Frozen: DOJ Alleges Seven Defendants Conspired To Misappropriate Trade Secrets

Competition from Chinese companies shows no signs of slowing. Likewise, allegations of trade secret theft against Chinese companies are increasingly common. In this case, the U.S. Department of Justice linked allegations of...more

Intellectual Property Law - September 2017

Looking Through an IP Lens at Blockchain and Cryptocurrency - Why it matters: With headline news ranging from J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Winklevoss twins and Floyd “Money”...more

Trade Secret Defendant Cannot Compel Arbitration Based on an Employment Contract to Which It Is Not a Party

The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that Uber could not compel arbitration in a pending litigation filed by Waymo. In its complaint, Waymo asserted...more

Trade Secrets: What In-House Counsel Need to Know

As former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder observed, there are only two types of companies affected by trade-secret theft: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t know yet. Please see full...more

To Disclose Or Not To Disclose: Trade Secrets Vs. Patents

by Dickinson Wright on

When a business develops valuable information not known to its competitors, it is often faced with a difficult and important decision: whether to disclose that information and seek federal patent protection, or to maintain...more

Emerging Trends in Defend Trade Secrets Act Litigation

by K&L Gates LLP on

Congress created the first statutory private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation when it enacted the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) on May 11, 2016. Although the DTSA has some material differences...more

DTSA Does Not Create a Private Civil Cause of Action for Conspiracy to Commit Trade Secret Theft

The Defend Trade Secrets Acts (DTSA) provides an important tool for any company possessing trade secrets to bring a suit in federal court to remedy and prevent dissemination of a misappropriated trade secret. Specifically,...more

Departing Employees: Ensuring Protection of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

“Knowledge is power” goes the old adage. Well, that is certainly true in the world of business where secret processes, confidential designs, and even a good customer list can give a business a vital commercial edge over its...more

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