Posts Tagged: Trade Secrets


Other Barks and Bites, Friday, May 3: CASE Act, China Leads in 5G SEPs, and SCOTUS Requests Government’s Views in Oracle v. Google

This week in IP news: the CASE Act, which would create a small claims system for copyright claims, is reintroduced in both houses of Congress; Qualcomm earns …
By IPWatchdog
7 months ago 0

Some Progress in the International Effort to Harmonize Trade Secret Protection

In 1994, the United States was winding up the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations leading to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Tucked in among the …
By James Pooley
8 months ago 5

A Lack of Focus on Trade Secrets Can Pose Serious Risks

We all talk about the importance of data as business assets, but when it comes to buying and selling the companies that own them, we seem not …
By James Pooley
9 months ago 1

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
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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