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China's State Secret Laws: What To Do When Trade Secrets Collide with State Secrets

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Multinational companies doing business in China should treat the sensitive information received from their Chinese partners with special care, particularly if the information originates from a state-owned enterprise (SOE)....more

The Law Against Unfair Competition Amendment

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On November 4, 2017, at the 30th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (“NPC”) of China, the NPC approved a bill to amend the Law Against Unfair Competition, effective on January 1, 2018...more

Trade Secret Misappropriation By Ex-Employees In China: How To Confront “Inside Theft”

Article 123 of the General Provisions of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China (effective Oct. 1, 2017) confirmed that trade secrets are intellectual property, signifying China’s recognition of the importance of...more

Accounts Frozen: DOJ Alleges Seven Defendants Conspired To Misappropriate Trade Secrets

Competition from Chinese companies shows no signs of slowing. Likewise, allegations of trade secret theft against Chinese companies are increasingly common. In this case, the U.S. Department of Justice linked allegations of...more

New Measures to Combat Chinese Trade Secrets Theft: Will They Work?

For trade secret owners, international IP theft is of particular concern because of the difficulty in catching and enforcing remedies against the thieves. For many U.S. companies with a global reach, an overriding concern...more

China's State Secret Laws: Five Unique Risks for Working With SOEs

by Kobre & Kim on

Despite opening its borders, the Chinese state still controls certain industries through majority or sole ownership. To participate in these industries, multinational companies must often set up equity or contractual joint...more

Trade Secrets May Retain Protections Despite Disclosure to Single Competitor

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently held in United States v. Liew that it was not plain error for the district court not to instruct the jury that disclosure “‘to even a single recipient who is not legally bound to maintain [a trade...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms First Federal Criminal Jury Conviction for Economic Espionage

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 5, 2017 upheld the 2014 convictions of a California businessman, Walter Liew (“Liew”), and his company USA Performance Technology, Inc. (“USAPTI”), for various violations...more

New specialized IP Tribunals unveiled in economic powerhouses Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the largely successful establishment of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court has recently also given the green light for the establishment of specialized...more

$1.2 Million Dispute Between West Mountain Environmental and the Shanghai Hehui Environmental Technology

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An environmental remediation technologies company is in the midst of litigation in Chinese courts over a $1.2 million contract to provide its technology to a Chinese company. According to the Chinese...more

U.S. Steel ITC Case Alleging Chinese Government Hacked Its Network and Stole Its Secret Formulas May Be Revived

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) prohibits “unfair methods of competition and...more

Anti-unfair competition law

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 22 February 2017, at the 26th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) of China, the State Council put forth a bill to amend the Law Against Unfair Competition (LAUC). The bill was...more

China: Non-Competes and Employee Post-Departure Reporting Obligations

by Dentons on

"Non-compete" refers to an agreement concluded between an employer and an employee at the time of hire, which provides that for a certain period after the termination or rescission of the employment contract, the employee...more

China: Application of Non-Competes To Protect Business Secrets

by Dentons on

An enterprise may have no patents or trademarks, but definitely have business secrets. Business secrets—the enterprise’s core information assets—are important intangible assets that go to the core competence of the...more

China’s New Cyber Security Law Goes into Effect June 1, 2017

by Fisher Phillips on

China’s new cyber security law (Law) could have far-reaching impacts for companies that do business there. The Law goes into effect on June 1, 2017. As is typical of legislation passed by the Standing Committee of the...more

Supreme Court Deflates Sino Legend Cert Petition

On Monday, January 9, the Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari from Sino Legend Chemical Co., Ltd., concluding litigation that began with a Section 337 complaint filed more than four-and-a-half years ago by SI...more

Challenge to ITC’s Extraterritorial Authority over Trade Secret Dispute Launched by Chinese Corporation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad oversight over trade matters. In addition to trade practices such as dumping and subsidies, the ITC...more

International News: Focus on International Dispute Resolution

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime - In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation...more

Supreme Court May Consider ITC’s Authority Over Trade Secret Matters

Here at TSW, we continue to watch closely developments in the Sino Legend v. ITC case. In September, Sino Legend petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review whether Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930...more

Industrial Espionage and the Defend Trade Secrets Act

American corporations are facing an ever increasing threat of misappropriation of their valuable trade secrets through industrial espionage, defined as the theft of a company’s trade secrets by an actor intending to convert...more

ITC Puts 337 Case on Imports of Steel on Hold

by King & Spalding on

On April 26, the United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that certain unfair trade practices relating to the import of steel carbon and alloy steel...more

Litigate Trade Secret Misappropriation Disputes in Chinese Courts

How can trade secret misappropriation disputes be litigated in Chinese courts, despite the system’s lack of US-style discovery tools? Many companies, especially foreign companies, might be hesitant to even think about...more

US Regulators Investigate Chinese Steelmakers for Hacking Trade Secrets

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) last week launched an investigation into United States Steel Corporation’s (“U.S. Steel”) complaint that Chinese hackers stole trade secret information—including proprietary...more

Anti-Competitive Conduct Claims In ITC Section 337 Cases

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Last week in Investigation No. 337-TA-1002 (certain carbon and alloy steel products); the U.S. International Trade Commission instituted an investigation of imported steel products from China. The investigation will include...more

China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law Is Poised For An Update

Since 2010, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and the State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO) have been revising China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law of 1993 (AUCL). This February the SCLAO...more

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