September 11-13, 2022
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Breakout Session

Protecting Proprietary Information in a Digital World

September 12, 2022 @ 3:30 PM CST

3:30 PM CT
September 12, 2022

Breakout Session

Protecting Proprietary Information in a Digital World

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Several years ago, a court found that a startup company providing life insurance quotes to consumers had created its database – the engine of its business – by taking data from an existing company that had built theirs from scratch. The new company didn’t break in and steal the whole thing. Instead, it used robotic software to “scrape” the information from original website, by pretending to be a member of the public – actually by pretending to be 43 million members of the public, which is how many rate quotes they were able to extract in only four days. Having pumped out all that data, they were able to understand the competitor’s system and replicate it.

More recently, Southwest won a preliminary injunction against flight website Kiwi.com to stop it from posting the airline’s fares. The injunction stops Kiwi.com from scraping fare data, displaying tickets, and selling Southwest flights.

How do we balance the rights of those who want to make useful information available in limited ways against those who claim the right to use what can be found in plain sight? What can owners of collections of useful data do in order to keep control of their competitive advantage?

Join Mike Wilson, lead counsel representing Southwest in the aforementioned case, and trade secret expert James Pooley in this wide-ranging conversation about protecting valuable proprietary information online in the digital age.

CLE Materials

Gathering Business Data? Be Careful, Mom is Watching – A Comment on Data Scraping and the Compulife Case

Southwest wins preliminary injunction against flight website Kiwi to stop it from posting the airline’s fares



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Several years ago, a court found that a startup company providing life insurance quotes to consumers had created its database – the engine of its business – by taking data from an existing company that had built theirs from scratch. The new company didn’t break in and steal the whole thing. Instead, it used robotic software to “scrape” the information…

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