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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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.
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"...
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:
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...