Posts Tagged: Trade Secrets


Utah IP Summit 2019

The Utah IP Summit is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar. The IP Summit is a full day CLE conference hosted in …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 0

Of Secret Sales and Public Uses: The Practical Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Helsinn Decision

It seemed like a trade secret trifecta when Congress in 2011 passed the America Invents Act (AIA). Although the statute was aimed at patent reform, it made three …
By James Pooley
8 months ago 1

Don’t Be Fooled by His Patent Purge: Elon Musk is Just Another Hypocritical Tech Billionaire

In 2014, Elon Musk made Tesla’s patents available for anyone to use for free, stating that “technology leadership is not defined by patents.” Earlier this month, Musk …
By Paul Morinville
8 months ago 55

Trade Secret Disputes: Identifying Mutual Interest in the Face of Major Disagreement

It’s a challenge to resolve business disputes when emotions run high, which includes almost all trade secret cases. So, I was especially pleased when, in a …
By James Pooley
9 months ago 1

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
11 months 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
11 months 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
12 months 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 …

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
1 year 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
1 year 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 …

The 700 Million Dollar Boomerang Lawsuit

This is where the drama begins its teaching. Title Source believed its own narrative, in which it was a victim of HouseCanary’s breach... Why didn’t …
By James Pooley
1 year ago 4

Alternative Routes to Protection of Innovation

Every year different groups provide rankings of patent prosecution law firms and a company’s patent count for the year.  Patent law firms will tout their rankings …
By Robert Stoll
1 year ago 59

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
1 year ago 9

Jury Cannot Award Disgorgement of Profits in Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases

In Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions v. Renesas Electrics, a jury found Renesas liable for both patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. The jury awarded a reasonable royalty …