Posts Tagged: trade secret


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 Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 years 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
2 years ago 2

Intellectual Property Plays a Big Role in Silicon Valley Deals

How big of a role does IP play in Silicon Valley deals? “In almost any size transaction involving a technology company, our client asks us to look …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 years ago 3

Waymo v. Uber Shows Even Epic Battles Can Be Resolved

There are many lessons to be drawn from the Waymo v. Uber litigation. This is perhaps the most important. Lawsuits are about history, while business is about …
By James Pooley
2 years 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

Why the IP system works against the small

The decision whether to secure technology using a trade secret or a patent hinges as much on the technology as it does on access to capital. Small …
By Paul Morinville
2 years ago 16

Uber settles trade secret case with Waymo for $245 million

Earlier today Alphabet subsidiary Waymo settled with Uber in the midst of a trade secret infringement trial. This lawsuit originated when Waymo brought suit against Uber in 2017, …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 9

The Legal Reality of Social Media IP: Who Owns What?

Today, as social media becomes more essential for businesses, there will almost certainly be an increase in intellectual property disputes about social media account ownership. Lawsuits relating …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
2 years ago 3

Searching for the Secrets of a Stradivarius

When the auctioneer’s hammer went down, the violin sold for almost $16 million. It was one of the masterpieces of Cremona, the small northern Italian town that …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 17

How IP-Protected Innovation is Driving Economic Growth

IP-protected innovation is now the principal driver of corporate value and is driving economic growth nationally. Developing an IP portfolio is now a basic requirement even for …

What is a Confidentiality Agreement and Why are they So Important?

A Confidentiality Agreement, which is also known as non-disclosure agreement or simply as an NDA, is simply a contract between two or more parties where the subject …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

When Failure Becomes an Asset

Failure is success if we learn. So why shouldn't failure qualify as a trade secret? Competitors would love to avoid making the effort and taking the risk... …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 2

The Art of Reverse Engineering

Recently a client asked me for advice on setting up a “reverse engineering” project. He no longer had access to any trade secrets of his former employer; …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 23

Corporate Counsel Should Carefully Consider the Company’s Trade Secret Position and Form a Game Plan to Protect the Company

Among the most disastrous mistakes with trade secrets is believing you own them when you do not.  A number of highly-contentious trade secrets disputes have arisen when …

Strategies for Turning Intangible Assets into Profits: What Every Corporation Needs to Know

Join me for a free webinar on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12pm ET to critical questions and decision-points on the path from idea to intangible asset to tangible …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 0