Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

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Congress Considers Landmark Trade Secret Reforms

If enacted, the legislation would represent the most significant trade secret reform in many years. Major federal trade secret legislation is receiving strong bipartisan support and consideration in the US Congress. The...more

IP & Technology Newsletter: Winter 2016

In today’s business world, protecting trade secrets is of vital importance. A trade secret is anything which gives a company a competitive advantage and is kept confidential, including a design, formula, manufacturing...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade...more

Texas Supreme Court Considers Whether Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Can Keep Corporate Representatives From the Courtroom

In December 2014, Schlumberger subsidiary M-I LLC (d/b/a M-I SWACO) filed a writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court over a trade secrets case decided in Harris County District Court. In its writ, M-I SWACO alleged that...more

Top 10 Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Developments

There were several noteworthy developments in 2015 in the area of trade secrets and unfair competition. This post focuses on developments affecting California employers. Due to the unsettled nature of some of the law, this...more

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Meeting About Passage of the DTSA

On January 21, 2016, in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a meeting to consider S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (“DTSA”). The passage of the DTSA would provide a federal civil cause of action...more

Oil-And-Gas Services Companies Argue Over Trial Court’s Authority to Exclude Corporate Representatives Under New Texas Trade...

On January 13, before the Texas Supreme Court, two major oil-and-gas-services companies disputed whether Texas’s new trade secret laws require a trial court to exclude a party’s corporate representative from a hearing at...more

Chancery Defers to Indian Corporation's Delaware Choice of Venue

In the absence of a prior-filed action in another forum, Delaware state courts will respect a plaintiff's Delaware choice of forum when faced with a forum non conveniens defense, except in the "rare case" where a defendant...more

Single Claim Approach for Trade Secret Misappropriation - Allied Erecting & Dismantling Co. v. Genesis Equip. & Mfg.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court decision holding that a plaintiff is precluded from filing a claim based on alleged ongoing misbehavior when an allegation of trade secrets...more

Senate Committee Considers Legislation To Address Theft Of Trade Secrets

On December 2, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “Protecting Trade Secrets: the Impact of Trade Secret Theft on American Competitiveness and Potential Solutions to Remedy This Harm.” The hearing...more

Update on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Protection of Trade Secrets

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the protection of trade secrets through the creation of a federal civil cause of action, which would allow trade secret victims to sue for trade secret...more

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

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