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Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University Law School: Deciding Between Patent & Trade Secrets Protection

Community Member Andrew Beckerman-Rodau , Professor of Law & Co-Director IP Concentration at the Suffolk University Law School, contributed the following podcast to the community. (Audio) - Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor, Suffolk University Law School : Deciding Between Patent & Trade...

Bimbo Knows the Muffin Man . . . and Teaches Him a Lesson in Trade Secrets

Employers who are zealous about keeping their trade secrets under wraps face their toughest challenge when a key employee jumps to the competition. Under what circumstances, they wonder, can the employee actually be stopped from taking that new job? In this Analysis, Joel Leeman analyzes the latest case...

Williams Mullen: Protecting Confidential Information and Trade Secrets

Editor Test, Stephen G. Does your company have confidential information? How about trade secrets? The concept of owning and protecting confidential information or trade secrets may not have occurred to most contractors. Yet, if you have a client list, pricing formula, particular device or...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Kevlar® Trade Secret Theft Trial to Begin July 21

by Dabney Carr Jury selection for the trial of DuPont's claims against a Korean competitor, Kolon Industries, for the alleged theft of trade secrets relating to DuPont's Kevlar® fiber is set to begin July 21 before District Judge Robert E. Payne, culminating years of criminal and...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Jury Awards Dupont $920 Million for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

By Dabney Carr Yesterday [September 14th], in what we believe is the largest verdict in an intellectual property case in Virginia, a jury in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia awarded Dupont $920 million for misappropriation of trade secrets against the Korean company...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Do We Need a Federal Trade Secrets Law?

By Dabney Carr On October 5, Senators Chris Coons and Herb Kohl introduced an amendment to S. 1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act , that would provide a private civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret theft. The proposal, however, appears to be a solution in search...

Sutherland Legal Alert: A Runaway Train? Citing Secret Stolen by Chinese Competitor, ITC Derails Import of Railway Wheels, and Federal Circuit Affirms

By Ann Fort , Lei Fang , and David Reed Overseas manufacturers have long known that their products manufactured abroad can be excluded from importation into the U.S. if they infringe U.S. patents, trademarks or copyrights. But a new decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has expanded...

Protecting Your Trade Secret While Protecting Your Code with Copyright Registration

This post is about protecting the secrecy of your code while registering it with the US Copyright Office. Copyright.gov website provides useful information about copyright in general and the process of filing a copyright application in particular. Circular 61 , available on the copyright.gov...

New Hires at Google Accused of Using Groupon Trade Secrets

The online coupon industry, led by companies such as Groupon Inc., is growing rapidly, and it's still not clear which company or companies will end up the winners. With so much money potentially at stake, it's not surprising that firms are going to court to battle over their trade secrets...

Sunstein, Kann, Murphy, & Timbers: Sure as Shootin’, If It’s Claimed in Your Patent, You Can’t Assert It as a Trade Secret

By Joel Leeman, a member of Sunstein's Litigation Practice Group Companies face a potential loss of intellectual property rights when a key employee walks out the door. Those rights may be grounded in both patents and trade secrets, which may pose tricky problems when those rights are intertwined...

Sunstein, Kann, Murphy, & Timbers: Sure as Shootin’, If It’s Claimed in Your Patent, You Can’t Assert It as a Trade Secret

Companies face a potential loss of intellectual property rights when a key employee walks out the door. Those rights may be grounded in both patents and trade secrets, which may pose tricky problems when those rights are intertwined, as a recent case illustrates.

Green Patent Blog: Appeals Court Affirms Shrink Link in Solar Cell Encapsulant Trade Secret Case

By Eric L. Lane Specialized Technology Resources (STR) is a Connecticut-based company that makes plastic sheeting material for encapsulating solar cells. In the 1990′s, STR engaged in about five years of intensive R&D to develop a proprietary method to produce a "low-shrink"...

Are Employees' LinkedIn Contacts Considered Your Trade Secrets?

Over the past several weeks, you probably read about this case involving a company suing one of its former employees whom it alleges misappropriated a Twitter account and, along with it, 17,000 Twitter followers that the company believes it owns. A video about the case follows below:

Fisher & Phillips LLP: Dispute Serves Up Lessons for Restaurateurs in Employee Defection and Trade Secrets

By Risa B. Boerner & Brent A. Cossrow A case pending in New York federal court, BLT Restaurant Group LLC v. Laurent Tourondel, Michael Cinque and LT Burger, Inc. , provides a reminder of important lessons for professionals in the food services and restaurant industry regarding employee defection...

Fisher & Phillips LLP: Ex Parte TRO's: Courts Don't Like Them

By Michael R. Greco Every now and then, non-compete and trade secret plaintiffs conclude that the need for relief is so urgent that a temporary restraining order is not enough. Instead, they decide that relief must be granted by the court before notice and an opportunity to be heard is provided...

Bensen on the Economic Espionage Act & the Uniform Trade Secret Act

In May of 2012, the FBI set up billboards with a simple message: "$13 Billion Lost, Protect America's Trade Secrets." The purpose of the unusual campaign was to draw attention to the growing problem of state-sponsored espionage targeted at U.S. companies. Increased awareness of the problem...

Fisher & Phillips LLP: Can I Protect My Trade Secrets Via Social Media Policy?

By James Douglass Everybody in the modern workforce is involved in social media in one way or another. Think about it. Even if your company does not utilize social media (which is becoming less and less likely), it is almost certain that your company's employees do. Whether or not your company...

Wind Turbine Case Not So Civil as Indictment Alleges Sinovel Conspiracy to Steal IP

The AMSC- Sinovel copyright and trade secret dispute involving wind turbine control systems has been big news (see, e.g., previous posts here , here , here and here ), but legally speaking, mostly civil. That changed recently when the U.S. Department of Justice filed an indictment in federal court...

California Federal Court Dismisses Trade Secret and Other Tort Claims

Shows Need to Specify Trade Secrets and Distinguish Other Claims at Outset of Case In California, by statute, companies and individuals seeking to enforce trade secrets have to be able to specify, with reasonable particularity, the trade secrets they are seeking to protect at the outset of the case...

Trade Secret Litigation Updates: Sinovel Challenges Summons Service and Philips Computer Fraud Claim Fails

There are updates on a couple of green tech trade secrets cases, each involving allegations of misappropriation by Chinese companies and their employees. First, as discussed in a previous post , the ongoing litigation between American Superconductor (AMSC) and Sinovel includes a criminal indictment...