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Is A Federal Trade Secrets Act On The Horizon?
Late last month, the Defend Trade Secrets Act was filed; the bill would create a federal trade secrets cause of action for civil litigants.
United States
19 May 2014
If You Have A Trade Secret, You Better Protect It
Late last month, Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty of the Massachusetts Superior Court granted summary judgment for a defendant company and two individual defendants on a trade secret misappropriation claim.
United States
3 Mar 2014
10 Important Pieces Of Noncompete, Trade Secret, And Computer Fraud News
Summaries of a number of cases covering topics such as noncompete provisions, trade secrets and computer fraud.
United States
28 Feb 2013
The Trend Toward Requiring Plaintiffs To Identify Trade Secrets Early In Litigation
A good article in BNA by Eric W. Schweibenz and Lisa M. Mandrusiak argues that the recent trend in trade secret litigation has been to require plaintiffs to state with specificity early in litigation what trade secrets they claim the defendants stole.
United States
3 Oct 2012
Suffolk Superior Court Rules Massachusetts General Hospital IP Policy Is Enforceable Against A Urologist Who Created An Invention For Voice Training On His Own Time And At His Own Expense
Often an employer will require an employee to sign an invention assignment agreement before starting to work for the employer.
United States
15 Aug 2012
The Status Of Noncompete Reform In Massachusetts
Yesterday, I attended a panel presentation at the Boston Bar Association on the status of noncompete legislative reform in Massachusetts.
United States
1 Aug 2012
New U.S. District Court Decision From Massachusetts Makes "Inevitable Disclosure" Arguments Effective Only When Noncompetes Are Involved
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on a new decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts by Judge Casper that makes "inevitable disclosure" arguments effective only in cases involving noncompetition agreements.
United States
11 Jul 2012
"Social Media: A Danger To Company IP"
Law360 has posted a useful article by Ben Quarmby about the dangers of employee use of social media to a company's patents, trade secrets, and copyrights.
United States
28 Jun 2012
If You're Going To File A Trade-Secret Lawsuit, You Better Be Able To Identify The Trade Secret
Sometimes a big problem for plaintiffs in trade-secret lawsuits is identifying precisely what was stolen.
United States
25 Jun 2012
Update On The Brocade Case: Court Dismisses Claims Based On Information From Settlement Discussions
Last month, I wrote about a trade-secret case in which a defendant employee, David Cheung, asked the court to order the plaintiff employer, Brocade Communications, to pay his attorney's fees because the claims against him were frivolous.
United States
25 Jun 2012
Defendant Asks Court To Make Plaintiff Pay His Attorney's Fees In Trade Secret Case
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a law firm that was sued by two former employees of the firm’s former client for filing a trade-secret lawsuit against them, allegedly without having any good-faith reason to do so.
United States
28 May 2012
Executives (And One Law Firm) Allegedly Behaving Badly
A number of cases involving former executives have received national attention recently and serve as a good reminder that trade-secret, non-solicitation, and non-competition controversies can arise at the highest level of a company.
United States
8 May 2012
Can You Keep A Secret?: Dispute Remains Over Secrecy Of Marketing Information In Trade Secret Case
An interesting case decided on April 3 in Florida confirms the axiom that information that is not secret cannot be a trade secret.
United States
23 Apr 2012
Former Intel Employee Pleads Guilty To Theft Of $1 Billion In Trade Secrets
A former Intel computer hardware engineer recently agreed to plead guilty to five counts of wire fraud in Massachusetts federal court stemming from his theft of 13 secret documents from Intel’s facility in Hudson, Massachusetts while he was an employee there in June 2008.
United States
23 Apr 2012
Will Massachusetts Adopt The Uniform Trade Secrets Act?
At my last Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Civil Litigation Section meeting, I learned about a bill to adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) that has been floating around the Massachusetts Legislature since late January.
United States
16 Apr 2012
Waiters At High-End Steakhouses Arrested For Stealing Customer Credit-Card Numbers
At most restaurants, when the time comes to pay the check, you hand over your credit card and a waiter you’ve known for only about an hour takes off with your credit card.
United States
6 Dec 2011
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