Posts Tagged: california


Capitol Hill Roundup

This week on Capitol Hill is another light one in terms of hearings focusing on topics related to technology and innovation. Although the House of Representatives is …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 3

California Ahead of Federal Government in Cybersecurity for the Internet of Things

The bill would create a new title within California Civil Code named Security of Connected Devices. The first part of this title would require a manufacturer of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

House Energy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Energy Storage for Improved Grid Reliability in Rural Communities and Renewables

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy recently convened a hearing titled Powering America: The Role of Energy Storage in the Nation’s Electricity …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Lofgren Supported Eliminating BRI Before She Was Against It

Congresswoman Lofgren seems quick to forget that she was one of the original co-sponsors of the Innovation Act when it was introduced into the House back in …

View from the Courtroom: What to Expect When You Try to Get a TRO in Your Unfair Competition Case

Experience shows that most unfair competition or trade secret theft issues can be resolved without the need for litigation; often, an exchange of letters between the parties’ …
By Steven Blackburn
2 years ago 3

What Will Not Work to Protect Trade Secrets or Enforce Non-Competes in California

Employers should think twice before including the unenforceable provisions in employment contracts merely for their deterrent effect. Such a practice is risky. If an employer terminates an …

California Non-Competes: Things You Can Do ‘Around the Edges’

There are not many things an employer can do to prevent unfettered competition by a former employee. B&P Section 16600 states that “every contract by which anyone …

Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

As discussed elsewhere in this Take 5, although California employers generally cannot restrict an employee’s ability to work elsewhere, California employers can protect their trade secrets and …
By Peter Steinmeyer
2 years ago 0

Critical Importance of Realistically Identifying and Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

California employers often face an upward battle when it comes to protecting against competitive activity by former employees... In order to safeguard their trade secrets, companies doing …

California passes state law prohibiting state park concessionaires from owning trademarks

The California state law states that state park concession contracts are prohibited from providing a contracting party with trademark or service mark interests for names associated with …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Flood management tech seeks to reduce risks of fatalities, property damage

The most common type of severe weather emergency that affects American citizens and property owners is flash flooding, according to the National Flood Insurance Program. Flash floods, …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Western U.S. drought sparks innovation in irrigation management, desalination

A push for innovation to solve the water crisis has been kickstarted this summer in some part due to an executive order from California Governor Jerry Brown …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

California won’t likely benefit from El Niño rains

Unlike Big Bear Lake, which will collect the runoff snowfall or rain, much of the rest of southern California is ill equipped to take advantage of El …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 4

Strong El Niño weather pattern could douse some of California’s drought problem

We may not know the extent of rainfall California will receive for several months, but it has been made abundantly clear that El Niño is definitely …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

The University of California patents treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

The University of California maintains a portfolio of 11,556 active patent grants. Patented technologies which are currently available for licensing through UC include laser scanners for eye tracking, …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0