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The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Five Key Lessons

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Courts will refuse to grant trade secret protection under the Defend Trade Secret Act (DTSA) when an employer has not taken certain basic precautions to create and maintain the secrecy of the subject information. ...more

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act: Fundamental Changes To Florida's Gun Laws

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Parkland school shooting has prompted significant changes in Florida’s gun laws involving the mentally ill and those who pose a danger to themselves and others. The passage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...more

Ex parte Gershfang (PTAB 2018)

PTAB Affirms Patent Eligibility of Virtual Reality Advertising Claims - In a decision issued last month, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board reversed the final rejection of all the pending claims in U.S. Application No....more

UPDATE: The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act vs. The California Uniform Trade Secrets Act

We first wrote on this topic nearly a year ago. Since then, courts have had an opportunity to interpret some of the provisions of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). Indeed, since it was signed into law, more than...more

Healthcare Law Update: February 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Antitrust - FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for Acquisitions and Exclusive Licenses - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this year's revisions to the thresholds under the...more

Federal Court of Appeal approves website seizure and Anton Piller order against online copyright piracy platform

by Smart & Biggar on

On February 20, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal issued its judgment in Bell Canada v Lackman (2018 FCA 42), declaring that an interim injunction authorising the shutdown and seizure of piracy websites and an Anton Piller...more

Ex parte Kotanko (PTAB 2018)

In an interesting decision issued last year, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board reversed the final rejection of claims 1-5 and 9 in U.S. Application No. 12/959,017. The claims at issue had been rejected under 35 U.S.C. § 101...more

Ex Parte Re-exams: Don’t You Forget About Me

The America Invents Act (AIA) ushered in new post grant procedures for challenging the validity of patents. One of those procedures, Inter Partes Review (IPR), has quickly grown in popularity. Originally published in The...more

The Extraordinary Reach Of FTC Ex Parte

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is granted extraordinary authority to participate in ex parte discussions with judges, conduct investigations and enact enforcement actions like asset freezes and TROs without notice to...more

The Rise of Trade Secret Litigation in the Digital Age

U.S. courts have recognized trade secret protection for more than 200 years, and companies have long relied on trade secrets to guard iconic intellectual property, such as the ingredients for Coca-Cola and the Big Mac’s...more

Extrinsic Evidence May Not Be Used To Distinguish the Commercial Impressions of Marks In An Ex Parte Likelihood-of-Confusion...

In a non-precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed that in an ex parte proceeding, when analyzing the likelihood of confusion between a registered and an applied-for mark, evidence extrinsic to the application and...more

Enforcing Patents in Brazil: An Injunction Paradise?

In the Americas, Brazil is the second largest country in both GDP and population, and the third in territorial extension. Although the amount of patent litigation in Brazil is rather small in comparison to the U.S., patent...more

Attorney Admonished For Ex Parte Communications With Flight Attendants

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Regina Raub sued US Airways for injuries she allegedly suffered when her flight encountered turbulence. In preparing the case, Raub’s attorney spoke with two US Airways flight attendants. Ethics rules prohibit a lawyer for...more

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Defendants' Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has dealt a significant blow to Florida's medical malpractice pre-suit process, ruling that statutes authorizing the conduct of informal, ex parte interviews with a medical malpractice claimant's...more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Candour in Ex Parte Applications

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) reminds us that counsel must take care to provide a balanced view of both sides and not overreach in their asks when seeking an ex parte application, lest the court set...more

Trade Secrets: What In-House Counsel Need to Know

As former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder observed, there are only two types of companies affected by trade-secret theft: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t know yet. Please see full...more

CAFC Vacates USPTO Single Reference Obviousness Rejection For Inadequate Showing Of Expectation of Success

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a split decision with Judge Lourie dissenting, the Federal Circuit vacated an obviousness rejection that had been affirmed in an ex parte appeal to the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The decision was rendered in In...more

The DTSA After One Year: Has the Federal Trade Secrets Law Met Expectations?

On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation – celebrated its first birthday. The law was the result of years of negotiation between...more

Lower Threshold for Indefiniteness Confirmed by PTAB in Ex Parte McAward

The courts have long stated that one goal of patent law is to provide certainty to both inventors and the public regarding the law that is applied in determining the metes and bounds of a patent claim....more

DTSA and Ex Parte Seizure – Lessons From The First Ex Parte Seizure Under The DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Ex Parte Seizure mechanism allows victims of trade secret misappropriation to quickly prevent further dissemination of confidential information by asking a court to direct federal marshals...more

Three Urgent Questions to Ask When Trade Secrets Migrate Across Borders

by Kobre & Kim on

Today’s employees can quickly become tomorrow’s trade rivals. Seamless information-sharing among an increasingly global workforce is great — until key knowledge lands in competitors’ hands. It may be tempting for teams and...more

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex...more

Emerging Issues In the Defend Trade Secrets Act’s Second Year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One year after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) continues to be one of the most significant and closely followed developments in trade secret law. The statute provides for a federal civil cause of action for...more

Courts Still Heavily Favor Rule 65 TROs Over DTSA Ex Parte Seizures

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. While the DTSA has been on the books for over a year, relatively few courts have addressed the ex parte seizure provision and even...more

It’s Inevitable: Pleading Trade Secret Misappropriation Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), enacted on May 11, 2016, provides the first private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and allows employers whose trade secrets have been misappropriated to head...more

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