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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 -

4 Key Takeaways: The Problem(s) with NDAs

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Nancy Stagg recently participated in a roundtable organized by the San Diego Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The speakers discussed “The Problem(s) with NDAs (Non-Disclosure...more

Employee Mobility and Trade Secret Protection in California: What Works and What Doesn’t

by Epstein Becker & Green on

California has always been a challenging jurisdiction for employers in terms of limiting unfair competition by former employees and protecting trade secrets. However, employers in the state can significantly enhance their...more

Avoiding contractual pitfalls and 'gotchas'

by McAfee & Taft on

You’re likely to see the same clauses repeated in most patent, trade secret and software license contracts. As a result, these agreements have a similar structure and feel, which can lead one to assume that a clause in a new...more

Agreements Are Not Enough: Reasonable Efforts Needed

Many employers, including construction contractors and material suppliers, attempt to protect their business by having their employees sign non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and/or confidentiality agreements....more

Adding Inevitability to the Often Disfavored Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine

In a prior blog post, we used the Star Wars Universe as the backdrop for a discussion about obtaining a preliminary injunction in the context of a noncompete agreement. But we left a discussion of the inevitable disclosure...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infused oils, investment managers and one combining factor: confidential information

by Dentons on

Cases involving confidential information have been keeping the High Court busy over the last few months. In this article, we look at two such recent cases: Kerry Ingredients (UK) Ltd v. Bakkavor Group Ltd and Marathon Asset...more

Guidebook: Cybersecurity in the Pharma, Biotech, and Medical Devices Industries

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As a life sciences or medical device company, it is mission critical to protect lab books, drug and clinical test data, product formulas and production processes that underlie your patents, trade secrets and know-how from...more

Watch for the Fox in Your Henhouse: Gig Companies at Risk

by Fisher Phillips on

Intellectual property threats (IPT) to companies participating in the gig economy may be greater than those experienced by traditional business. While this may seem self-evident to some, reflection on the matter confirms to...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act and Whistleblowers: Protections and Vulnerabilities

by Butler Snow LLP on

President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) during his last year in office. Most notably, the DTSA creates a private federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. If that...more

Alert: What US Lawyers Should Know About Protecting Confidential Information in the UK

by Cooley LLP on

Confidential information can be one of a business's most prized and valuable assets, regardless of the industry in question. However, it is rarely something which can be locked in a safe because employees often require access...more

Failure to Explain Why Misappropriated Information is a Trade Secret May Lead to Dismissal of a DTSA Complaint With Prejudice

A recent decision in the Western District of Kentucky highlights the importance of explaining in a complaint under the Defend Trade Secrets Act why the allegedly misappropriated information qualifies for trade secret...more

Approaching an NDA From the Client’s Perspective – A Checklist of General Considerations

Nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements (NDAs) are among the most common documents attorneys draft and review for clients. They are so common, in fact, that where a client needs to execute a large number of facially...more

Accused of Taking Confidential Information? Five Immediate Steps That Can Limit Risk

by Kobre & Kim on

Disputes over trade secrets and confidential information have increased dramatically in recent years. Often arising after a business hires an employee from a competitor, a proposed acquisition falls through, or information is...more

Your Employee is Leaving…. How Do You Safeguard Your Company’s IP?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

It is a fact: employees leave. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty. Because employee transitions are inevitable, businesses must prepare to...more

All Trade Secrets Must Be Secret; But Not All Secrets are Trade Secrets

A pair of recent cases illustrate two important interrelated points about trade secret law: First, all trade secrets must be secret. Second, and less obvious, not all secrets are trade secrets....more

Public Information Act: Trade Secret Loophole Threatens Government Transparency

by Jackson Walker on

Do you trust your government (and what it does with your tax dollars)? If you answered, “No”—or even hesitated a bit—then you probably believe in government transparency. In Texas, a key to open government for citizens and...more

Trade Secret Misappropriation in the World of Driverless Cars: Google versus Uber

On Thursday, Waymo LLC sued Uber Technologies and Ottomotto LLC in federal court in the Northern District of California for: (1) violation of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act; (2) violation of California’s Uniform Trade...more

Pooley’s Corner: How to Recruit and Hire While Avoiding Data Contamination

When we think about trade secrets, we usually focus on keeping our own data safe. But an even bigger risk comes from hiring employees who can infect our systems with confidential information from a competitor. Companies often...more

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