Orrick - Trade Secrets Group

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1000 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1015, United States
Phone: (650) 614-7400
Fax: (650) 614-7401
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Criminal Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • D.C.
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Other Countries
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
25-50 Attorneys

Seedy Business: Chinese Scientist Sentenced to Ten Years for Stealing Proprietary Rice Seeds

In 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents caught researchers attempting to smuggle a $75 million trade secret from the United States to China…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Match Holds Bumble To The Fire; Bumble Stings Back

It’s a date! Or a dating app, at least. Texas courts are ablaze with competing allegations from online dating companies Match and Bumble that each has misappropriated the other’s trade secrets. Swipe right (or up) to learn more…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Home Remedies For Politically Charged IP Theft

In January of this year, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. was convicted of stealing trade secrets from U.S. company AMSC Inc…more
 /  Intellectual Property

California Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments This Week in Defamation Case With Implications for Online Publishers, Trade Secrets Owners

On Tuesday, April 3, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments in Hassel v. Bird.  Case No. S235968.  While seemingly a defamation case, it has direct implications on trade secrets owners and the rights of internet…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

That’s A Cut: “Textbook Reparable Harm” Was “Showstopper” To Video-Streamers’ Preliminary Injunction Request

The lawsuit between Swarmify and Cloudflare recently produced an Order in which U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup denied Swarmify’s motion for a preliminary injunction, and also offers a cautionary tale about what…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Mine Your Own Business: Multinational Mining Company Seeks Protection Of Alleged Trade Secrets During Discovery

Last week, multinational mining giant Rio Tinto asked a federal court in Manhattan to shield its document disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from the public eye…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Employee Non-Solicitation And No-Hire Covenants? What’s The Scoop, California?

The law in California is well settled that, with few exceptions, non-compete agreements are unenforceable. Less clear is whether and to what extent employee non-solicitation and no-hire agreements can withstand a court’s…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Defining Trade Secrets: Texas Supreme Court May Soon Decide How Particular Trade Secrets Owners Must Be In Court

In every trade secrets case, the plaintiff faces the same fundamental dilemma: In order to enforce their rights in court, they must identify (at least to some degree) the trade secrets at issue…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property

Blockchain: Not Just A Platform For Cryptocurrency But A Potential Method For Protecting Trade Secrets And Other IP

Cryptocurrency has dominated the attention of the financial world for most of the past 12 months as Bitcoin’s value (as well as other cryptocurrencies’) soared over 1,500% in 2017 (though it has experienced some recent…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Automation Of Our Auto Nation: New Tech Requires A New Look At Trade Secret Laws

Self-driving cars—once a thing of the future—are now becoming a reality. And, as with any new technology, there is a learning curve. Once consumers are able to test out new products, they adapt, preferences change, and what once…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

David Nosal Raises Unusual Fairness Argument In Yet Another Attempt To Avoid 366-Day Prison Sentence

Just over four years ago, in January 2014, a court sentenced former Korn/Ferry regional director David Nosal to one year and one day in prison for violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Espionage Act. …more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Upon Reflection, Some Trade Secrets May Be Less Secret Than They Appear

A recent case in Florida is a reminder that when dealing with government entities, trade secrets may be disclosed to the public, especially if that information has been aggregated…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Transportation, Government Contracting

Rising Tensions As Trump Administration Prepares To Announce Results Of Section 301 Trade Investigation Into China’s Alleged Intellectual Property Rights Violations

As we previously reported, on August 14, 2017, President Trump signed an executive memo asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether to launch an investigation into China’s alleged theft of…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Making a Federal Case Out of It: What Does the DTSA’s “Interstate Commerce” Limitation Mean?

We’ve blogged a lot about the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the roughly year-and-a-half period since the law was enacted. Our coverage has run the gamut: from the first jury verdict under the DTSA, to the U.S. Patent and…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Worse Than A Toothache: Dental Executive Alleged To Have Misappropriated Proprietary Business Leads

Earlier this month, a Nashville, Tennessee company filed a federal lawsuit against its former employee alleging trade secrets misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, among other claims…more
 /  Intellectual Property
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