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A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets'... more +
A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets' protected legal status, enterprises must make reasonable efforts to keep the information secret and prevent unnecessary disclosure.  Trade Secrets may include processes, formulas, methods, designs, patterns, et cetera.   less -

Lessons From The Waymo v Uber Trade Secrets Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

Just hours after the Eagles clinched their upset Super Bowl win over the Patriots, a different battle royale began in a San Francisco courtroom between an established juggernaut and its upstart rival. For techies and trade...more

Intellectual Property Tailwinds Continue To Favor Section 337 Enforcement Actions Before The International Trade Commission

by Dickinson Wright on

Section 337 intellectual property enforcement actions before the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) continue to gain in popularity....more

Uber and Waymo Settle Trade Secret Dispute

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On February 9, 2018, Uber and Waymo agreed to settle their closely watched trade secret dispute related to self-driving car technology. As part of the settlement, Uber has agreed not to use any Waymo confidential information...more

Space Systems Loral to Proceed with Trade Secret Theft Lawsuit Against Orbital ATK

Daniel Wilson of Law360.com reported on Friday, February 2nd, that U.S. District Judge Raymound A. Jackson “trimmed two claims from space technology company SSL’s suit accusing rival Orbital ATK of stealing its trade secrets...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As we hold our breaths at the opening bell to see if last week’s volatility continues, we consider the impact of computer-driven index funds on that market rollercoaster....more

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...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Volatility was again the name of the game on Thursday in the US markets, which closed down nearly 4% again and headed into official “correction” territory....more

7 Reasons to Read FTC’s 2017 Privacy & Data Security Update

by Revision Legal on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released its 2017 Annual Privacy and Data Security Update. We see seven compelling reasons to read the 2017 FTC Update and to take data breaches seriously...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s retirement was short lived. The Jack Welch protégé will be bringing his C-suite skills to Athenahealth, the electronic medical records software provider that’s been under considerable pressure...more

Report on Sedona Conference on Trade Secrets

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On December 6-8, the inaugural Sedona Conference on trade secrets took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. The invitation-only conference brought together outside counsel, in-house counsel, and experts to have an in-depth...more

ITC finding of trade secret misappropriation precludes party from relitigating issue in court, WI federal court rules

by Dentons on

In a recent ruling in a case of first impression, Manitowoc Cranes LLC v. Sany America Inc., Case Nos. 13-cv-677 & 15-cv-647 (E.D. Wisc. Dec. 11, 2017), the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin held that a...more

Loving the Competition

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In a recent case, with some rather salacious details, the Third Circuit had the opportunity to examine employee liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Teva received a tip from a competitor’s former employee...more

Start-Up Car Companies Clash in Electrifying Trade Secrets Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Monday, January 29th, Faraday & Future Inc., the electric car manufacturer founded by Chinese billionaire and entrepreneur Jia Yueting, filed a one-count Defend Trade Secrets Act complaint against Evelozcity, Inc., an...more

Paul Rossler: 6 intellectual property mistakes

by GableGotwals on

Intellectual property – in the form of trade secrets, patents, copyrights, and trademarks – is growing in importance and value. Yet, many companies fail to secure or adequately protect their intellectual property because of...more

Content Developer Attempts to Tag MLB with Conversion: “Safe,” Rules Justice Kornreich

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Have you ever had a brilliant business idea, only to discover years later that someone else has beaten you to market? If you are a professional athlete, you might break your hand punching a fire extinguisher or picture frame...more

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

International Trade Commission Becomes Even More Potent Venue for Victims of Trade Secret Misappropriation

Speed is almost always of the essence for the victim of trade secret misappropriation. Many companies ground their business in proprietary information that, if made public, would make the exclusive product or service those...more

Wisconsin U.S. Attorneys Actively Prosecuting Trade Secret Theft—With Mixed Results

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The United States Attorneys’ Offices in Wisconsin criminally prosecuted two trade secret theft cases last week. In the Eastern District of Wisconsin (United States of America v. Tan Liu), the United States charged a former...more

IP Protection in the Fashion and Apparel Industry (Part 1)

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Complex technology like blockchain is in fashion. What about IP protection for seemingly simple items like shirts, shoes and undergarments? As competitors jostle for position in the fashion and apparel marketplace, how do...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

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

Global IP outlook 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

2017 was a year of widespread political, technological, and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond. Please see full Publication below...more

10 Themes for 2018

Tax reform, shifting international dynamics, Trump administration goals and a potentially strong market for transactions all seem likely to impact business activity in 2018. Below are 10 areas to explore in our 10th annual...more

Federal Judge Refuses To Close Courtroom During Trade Secret Trial Between Silicon Valley Titans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a closely watched trial in which Waymo LLC—a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet—has sued Uber for theft of trade secrets, a California federal judge has denied Waymo's motion to close the courtroom to the...more

Rising Tensions As Trump Administration Prepares To Announce Results Of Section 301 Trade Investigation Into China’s Alleged...

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

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