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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 -

Federal Court Dismisses Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Because It Was Preempted By The Texas Uniform Trade Secret Act

by Winstead PC on

In Embarcadero Techs., Inc. v. Redgate Software, Inc., four employees left their employer and began working at a new company. No. 1:17-cv-444-RP, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1902 (W.D. Tex. January 5, 2018). ...more

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

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

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

No Dismissal of Claim Against Defendant Accused of Transferring Company Info to Dropbox Account: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Abbott Labs. v. Finkel, No. 17-cv-00894-CMA (D. Colo. Nov. 17, 2017), Colorado District Judge Christine M. Arguello denied the defendant-movant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff-respondent’s conversion claim that the...more

Juicing Up Your Policies: How To Protect Your Trade Secrets

Recently, popular Southern California juice and aguas frescas chain Green Crush filed suit against up-and-coming rival juice bar Paradise Splash and several individuals. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the...more

IP in the Food & Beverage Industry

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Snack foods, packaging and bottling equipment, recipes and restaurants are all part of one of the world’s largest industries. The food sector plays an essential role in the economies of many countries, accounting for multi...more

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

AEO Designations: A Balance Between Protecting Trade Secrets And Allowing Defendants To Defend Themselves

Whenever a trade secret owner asserts its rights in court against a party alleged to have misappropriated the trade secret, there is always a risk that the trade secret will be publicly disclosed during discovery or during...more

FDA to Rely on Drug Inspections Performed by Certain European Regulatory Authorities Beginning November 1, 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier yesterday, FDA announced that it has determined that the regulatory authorities of Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are “capable of conducting inspections of...more

Bread Company Litigation Over “Grandma’s Recipe” Ends With $2.1 Million Trade Secrets Verdict

On October 6, 2017, a federal jury in Utah entered a $2.1 million trade secret verdict in favor of Bimbo Bakeries USA. Following a trial that wrapped up more than four years of litigation, the jury concluded that defendant...more

Defending Trade Secrets In The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Waking up to news of another major data breach seems to have become a daily routine. On the front pages and cable news, we hear about hackers, rogue governments, and shadowy figures involved with these data breaches. But too...more

Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Company's Secrets?

by Fisher Phillips on

A decade ago, I litigated a trade secret/unfair competition dispute between two large plastics manufacturers. The Plaintiff was based in southwest Florida, the Defendant in southern Alabama. The factual dispute is...more

The Supreme Court Punts on Clarifying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”) has generated controversy and disagreement among courts and commentators regarding the scope of its application. The statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1030, which provides for...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Password-Sharing Case, Leaving Scope of Criminal Liability Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Nosal v. United States, 16-1344. Nosal asked the Court to determine whether a person violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s prohibition...more

Big Brown v. PowerPoint Pilferers in Trade Secret Spat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Earlier this week, the United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, against several unidentified UPS pilots, who are referred to in the complaint as “John Does...more

Nosal Reply Brief Sets Stage For SCOTUS Cert Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court, which just began a new term on Monday with a full complement of nine justices, is expected to soon decide whether it will hear the appeal of David Nosal, the former Korn Ferry executive whose...more

Don’t Be the Next Headline: Protect Your Company’s Trade Secrets!

by Lane Powell PC on

WITH UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING PATENT LAW in the middle of this tech boom, it’s no surprise that legal headlines continue to highlight jury verdicts and court orders awarding millions of dollars for trade secret theft. When...more

Massachusetts Legislature Schedules Hearing on Non-Compete Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again. Under new leadership, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development recently scheduled a hearing for October 31, 2017 on the non-compete reform bills proposed in...more

To Disclose Or Not To Disclose: Trade Secrets Vs. Patents

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When a business develops valuable information not known to its competitors, it is often faced with a difficult and important decision: whether to disclose that information and seek federal patent protection, or to maintain...more

Departing Employees: Ensuring Protection of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

“Knowledge is power” goes the old adage. Well, that is certainly true in the world of business where secret processes, confidential designs, and even a good customer list can give a business a vital commercial edge over its...more

Lessons Learned: Tips on How to Allege and Argue Trade Secret Misappropriation at a Preliminary Injunction Hearing

Since its passage in 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) has increasingly become a valuable tool for employers seeking to enjoin former employees and competitors from misappropriating trade secrets. However, in requests...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act: Recent Developments Raise Questions About Inadvertent Disclosure

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), signed into law last year by President Obama, revolutionized intellectual property law by creating a new civil cause of action permitting trade secret owners to sue for misappropriation...more

Key Employee Departures and Trade Secret Risk Assessment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It’s Friday afternoon and the conversation goes a little like this, “Wait, what? They’re leaving? Where are they going? Is there any opportunity to help them reconsider?” When a key employee departs an organization, it can...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Stopping Further Leaks: Protecting Trade Secrets While Litigating Misappropriation

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Trade secrets derive their commercial value from being secret. When trade secrets are misappropriated, litigation may be necessary to stop a competitor from exploiting them in the marketplace. Yet litigating...more

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