Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

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Sixth Circuit Differentiates Trade Secrets and Confidential Information Under Texas Law

Last week, in a diversity jurisdiction case, the Sixth Circuit analyzed Texas law to identify the relationship among three separate categories of business information: (1) trade secrets, (2) contractually protected...more

Employment Law Update - November 2015

Coming Changes to Overtime Exemptions Rules Will Have Serious Impact on Employers - The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") requires that employees be paid minimum wage and overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and...more

Gavel to Gavel: Protecting trade secrets

Your company has worked for years and spent millions of dollars on a project unknown to anyone outside the business. It’s only reasonable to take steps to protect the project’s valuable data. That includes establishing...more

Final TPP Language on Trade Secret Protection Disclosed

On October 5, 2015, years of protracted negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) concluded. The TPP is a proposed trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim nations that lowers trade barriers such as...more

Florida Federal Court Adopts Rule Barring Discovery Prior to Particularized Identification of Alleged Trade Secrets

California is the only state with a statutory requirement that plaintiffs pursuing misappropriation claims identify their alleged trade secrets with reasonable particularity “before commencing discovery.” Cal. Civ. Code...more

CBP Expands Information Sharing Procedures to Help Detect Counterfeit Merchandise

Effective October 19, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented a final rule expanding CBP’s information sharing procedures with importers and trademark owners with respect to merchandise suspected of bearing...more

Clouding Up Trade Secret Protections

“The cloud” can refer to a lot of things, and is frequently a misunderstood concept. While cloud computing can encompass a number of Internet-based functions, in its simplest form, “the cloud” merely refers to the use of...more

A Beginner’s Guide to Trade Secrets

So what exactly are trade secrets? How do they differ from patents? Is any piece of confidential corporate information considered a trade secret? For those outside the world of intellectual property, these are common...more

Trade Secret Sauce: Trade Secrets, Not Copyright, Protect Chefs

While they say that a grand jury could “indict a ham sandwich,” the First Circuit recently reminded chefs that you can’t copyright a chicken sandwich. Specifically, a former employee of a Puerto Rican Church’s Chicken...more

An Employee Stole Your Trade Secrets but You Cannot Prove It. Now What?

Consider the following, relatively uncommon scenario: an employee stole your trade secrets and went to work for a competitor. You know the employee did it, you just cannot prove it. Even with the best forensic analysis it is...more

Trade Secrets: Policies and Procedures and the Reasonable Steps Requirement

By their very nature, trade secrets are ‘secret’ and are not protected in the same way as traditional forms of intellectual property. When the worst does happen and trade secrets are compromised, most countries’ laws require...more

Trade Secrets Protected From Disclosure Under FOIA…Except For When They Aren’t

We have previously reported about protecting trade secrets from disclosure after a FOIA request. There is something to be said for immediate action and intervening to protect your trade secrets, but sometimes that just isn’t...more

Betwixt and Between: Finding Specificity in Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases

Trade secret misappropriation cases create a unique problem for courts. The parties become quickly embroiled in litigation over the misappropriation of trade secrets, sometimes with only bare-bone allegations of those trade...more

Baker’s Trade Secret Lawsuit Does Not Lead to ‘Sweet’ Dreams

In an opinion issued on July 23, 2015 in Sweet Street Desserts, Inc. v. Better Bakery, LLC, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania underscored the need to think carefully before filing a...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - July - August 2015

Protecting Trade Secrets in the Era of the Data Breach - The prevalence of data breaches cannot be ignored. New data breaches continue to occur one after an-other. In the first half of 2015 alone there were reports of...more

Trade Secret Legislation Reintroduced in Congress (3rd Time)

Maybe the third time is the charm. After trying twice before, Congress is making another run at creating a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. A bipartisan group of legislators from both congressional chambers,...more

U.S. Congress To Again Consider Private Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On July 29, 2015, with bipartisan support, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced a bill to create a federal private right...more

10 Tips for Minimizing Company Liability for Terminating Employees who Steal Trade Secrets

When your company uncovers evidence that an employee misappropriated trade secrets it must act swiftly. The company may want to fire the employee to protect itself from the potentially devastating consequences. But how can...more

Maintaining the Magic: Disney's Use of Confidentiality Restrictions to Promote Character Integrity

When your business depends on a carefully-crafted public image, you do not want the public to know how hard you work to maintain that image. These days, that includes preventing your employees from revealing too much via...more

Hawaii Bans Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements with Technology Workers

Hawaii joined the small list of states that prohibit certain non-compete agreements with employees. On June 26, 2015, Hawaii’s governor David Ige signed Act 158 which voids any “noncompete clause or a nonsolicit clause...more

Maintaining Trade Secret Confidentiality in Litigation

Early Monday morning you learn that Jane, your former employee, has stolen your company’s confidential information and her new employer is using it. You call your lawyer and tell her that you want to put Jane in jail. Your...more

[Webinar] How and Why California is Different When it Comes to Trade Secrets and Non-Competes - June 23, 1:00 EDT

Seyfarth attorneys will present the fifth installment in our 2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series. They will focus on recent legal developments in California trade secret and non-compete law and how it is similar to and diverse...more

Attorney’s Fees Awarded in “Nonsensical” Trade Secrets Case - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

Upholding an award of more than $180,000 in attorneys’ fees under the California Uniform Trade Secret Act (CUTSA) for bringing a bad faith misappropriation claim, the California Court of Appeal found that “Cypress filed a...more

Aspects of Private Social Media Groups May Be Protectable Under Illinois Trade Secret Law

In Illinois federal court, a plaintiff alleged aspects of their LinkedIn group were trade secrets misappropriated by the defendant. The defendant moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim. The court denied the motion in...more

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Is Like Sesame Street for Start-Ups

A recent episode of “Silicon Valley” was brought to you by the letters N-D-A. The protagonists are seeking funding for their start-up, Pied Piper, and one of the potential investment groups starts asking curiously technical...more

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