Posts in Trade Secrets


The Role of Stupidity in Trade Secrets

Although every case had its own special facts reflecting unique personalities, technologies and business models, one necessary element was present in every single case. Somebody had done …
By James Pooley
10 days ago 4

Proprietary Techniques vs. Employee Rights: The struggle to balance competing interests

It’s football season, so of course we should be talking about beer. Specifically, beer secrets. For fourteen years James Clark had an enviable job at Anheuser-Busch, …
By James Pooley
17 days ago 1

Secrets of Social Media: Who owns social media accounts?

Andy Bitter, a former sports journalist covering the travails and triumphs of the Virginia Tech football team, was sued last month by his former employer, a local …
By James Pooley
30 days ago 3

Trade Secrets: Intellectual Property Considerations and Guidance for Start-Ups

Trade secret holders must take reasonable precautions to maintain the secrecy of their secrets, such as keeping such information on a “need-to-know” basis. Companies should have clear …

How Intellectual Property Informs the Investment in a Private Equity Transaction

Technology and intellectual property (IP) have become vital components to virtually every business in all industries as they often drive the value and efficiencies of a business …
By Shelley Thomas
4 months ago 0

The Blades Just Keep Spinning

Sinovel encouraged him to leave AMSC, promising to pay him a million dollars over five years (along with an apartment, and, reportedly, a prostitute). His advance was …
By James Pooley
4 months ago 2

Reports Shows Significant Increase in Trade Secret Litigation Since Passage of DTSA

The Lex Machina report supports the notion that trade secret litigation has ramped up in U.S. district courts in the time since the passage of the …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 2

Trade Secrets: Contempt proceedings put miscreant in jail for failure to provide information about misappropriation

Generally, a breach of confidence under English law does not give rise to criminal liability (and the recently implemented Trade Secrets Directive only addresses civil remedies for …
By Robert Williams & Will Smith
5 months ago 6

How to Change Jobs and Embrace Inefficiency

How can we provide trade secret protection in fast-growing industries where employees often leave to work for the competition? How does someone take his or her accumulated …
By James Pooley
7 months ago 9

The Biggest Trade Secret Loophole You’ve Never Heard Of

What would you think if I told you that anyone from France or China or Brazil that was just thinking about some legal action in their country …
By James Pooley
7 months ago 6

How is intellectual property valued when selling a business?

Intellectual property (IP) often represents one of the largest asset classes that a company holds, and unlocking its value is a key element in any business sale. …
By Keith Tully
8 months ago 0

Protecting Trade Secrets in Europe – An Update

With the June 9 deadline for national implementation fast approaching, we surveyed colleagues in our other European offices to check the state of play in their jurisdiction. The …
By Robert Williams & Toby Bond
8 months ago 0

How Employers Can Better Protect Trade Secrets

Today, the biggest reason to have a strict regime in place to protect trade secrets, according to Gambhir, is because technology has made misappropriation of trade secrets …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
8 months ago 0

Match Group Sues Bumble Over Patents, Alleges Former Tinder Employees Misappropriated Trade Secrets

Dallas, TX-based online dating app developer Match Group filed a suit in the Western District of Texas alleging claims of utility and design patent infringement, trademark infringement, …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
9 months ago 4

Fishing for Trade Secrets

Modern discovery can be quite disruptive and expensive. Recognizing that there is a particular danger of abuse in trade secret cases, where defendants are often individuals or …
By James Pooley
9 months ago 2

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