Trade Secrets Confidential Information

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five Workplace New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

With the New Year comes the annual tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions—along with the annual tradition of breaking those resolutions by the second week of January. Even if last year’s Christmas tree survived longer...more

“It’s a Free Country, Right?” Court Declines to Enjoin Ex-Free Country Ltd. Employees From Contacting Customers on Purloined...

Within days of each other, your clothing company?Free Country Ltd.?loses two employees who decamp to a rival to set up a competing apparel line. You discover that just before leaving, they transferred some 50,000 documents...more

When Employees Leave With Your Secrets

Recently I shared the podium with an FBI agent who was asked what frustrated him the most when trying to help businesses with trade secret theft. His answer was a surprise: they fire the guy too fast! He explained that when...more

Simple Steps to Help Keep Your Trade Secrets Safe

As illustrated by the recent lawsuit by America’s Test Kitchen against celebrity chef Christopher Kimball, companies in a variety of industries are vulnerable to losing their trade secrets....more

Six Days In Court – Almost As Fun As A Christmas Party

I missed the office Christmas party. Doing so was one benefit of having a six-day trial 116 miles away. It wasn't just me who missed the holiday luncheon. My partners Joe and Tim and a legal assistant named Cheri each...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - January 2017

How to Protect Business Information From Disclosure Under Illinois' FOIA - Local governments often possess sensitive proprietary information of their vendors or of regulated businesses. Because the Illinois Freedom of...more

DTSA Immunity: A plaintiff’s dream or a burdensome nightmare?

If you are a regular reader of TSW, you know we have been monitoring developments relating to the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). While the Northern District of California was the first court to enter a written...more

Baring It All: Judge Orders Swingers’ Club to Produce Email Distribution List

A recent case in the Southern District of Florida serves as a reminder that even trade secrets may be subject to production to opposing counsel. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman recently ordered a defendant “swingers’” club...more

Wake Forest Leaks Scandal May Offer “Playbook” For Businesses Seeking Trade Secret Protection

After a long political season that took many twists and turns due in part to revelations from WikiLeaks, the holiday season finally arrived. For many, that meant family traditions, time away from work, and massive amounts of...more

Colorado Supreme Court Ruling May Result in Disclosure of Trade Secrets

Earlier this month, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a party in litigation seeking to prevent responsive discoverable information from disclosure under a protective order must first demonstrate that the information in...more

District of Massachusetts Clarifies Immunity Defense Burden Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

As noted in our previous post, in May 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which establishes a federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets into law. As part of its protections,...more

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