Peter J. Toren

Peter J. Toren

Peter J. Toren is an attorney in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in intellectual property litigation, including theft of trade secrets. Before entering private practice as a partner with Sidley Austin in New York, he was one of the original prosecutors with the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice and was involved with a number of the first prosecutions under the Economic Espionage Act. He is also the author of Intellectual Property & Computer Crime and a co-author of The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Handbook.

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Posts by Peter J. Toren


Separating Fact from Fiction in United States v. Levandowski

In August, the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Northern District of California charged a pioneer of self-driving car technology, Anthony Levandowski, with 33 counts of …
By Peter J. Toren
17 days ago 1

Some Lessons From the Waymo (Alphabet) Versus Uber Theft of Trade Secret Litigation

Although the amount of the settlement was far less than $2.7 billion in amount sought by Waymo, the settlement apparently did include a payment from Uber of 0.34% of …
By Peter J. Toren
2 years ago 0

Available Remedies under the DTSA

The DTSA amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to provide for civil remedies in federal courts for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The new Section 1836(b) …
By Peter J. Toren
3 years ago 0

Handle with Care: Civil Seizure Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

The DTSA’s provision for civil seizures provides victims of trade secret theft with a powerful remedy to prevent further dissemination of the trade secret and limit …
By Peter J. Toren
3 years ago 0

Misappropriation of a Trade Secret Under the DTSA

The DTSA amends the definition of misappropriation from what was found in the EEA to bring the definition more in line with that of the Uniform Trade …
By Peter J. Toren
3 years ago 0

Definition of a ‘Trade Secret’ Under the DTSA

In general, the form of the information qualifying as a trade secret under the DTSA is extremely broad, and includes information of any form, regardless of “how …
By Peter J. Toren
3 years ago 1

Five Things to Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act

On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which President Obama is scheduled to sign later today. The DTSA extends the current Economic Espionage Act …
By Peter J. Toren
3 years ago 6

Trade Secrets – A Viable Alternative to Patents

While trade secrets cannot fully replace patent protection in all respects, they do offer a viable alternative to patents for protecting intellectual property in some cases. In …
By Peter J. Toren
5 years ago 9

The Government vs. General Alexander: Who Owns His Inventions

Certainly, Gen. Alexander can seek to leverage his NSA experience and expertise in developing a lucrative post-government career, however, the filing of the patent applications so soon …
By Peter J. Toren
5 years ago 8