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Trade Secret Symposium
January 06, 2015

    Post by Jill Link The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This symposium is the first of its kind for trade secrets. More information is available on theUSPTO website. Both live and webcast attendance is available for this event. The USPTO symposium will focus on the protection of U.S. trade secrets f....... Read More


    Update on "Patent Troll" Legislation in the Wake of the 2014 Elections
    December 17, 2014

      Post by Luke Holst In December of 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act," ostensibly to address the problem of abusive patent litigation, sometimes referred to as patent trolling. While H.R. 3309 passed with bipartisan support by an overwhelming margin of 325-91 votes, its companion bill failed to clear the Senate. Failure of the Senate bill is attributable to r....... Read More


      Should Trade Secret Misappropriation be Federalized?
      September 17, 2014

        The legal community (along with bipartisan legislation) has been discussing the creation of a private cause of action under federal laws for trade secret misappropriation – or trade secret theft. In light increased cyber-espionage and the apparent ease in which trade secrets can be misappropriated in the marketplace, Congress has taken an apparent interest in "strengthening" trade secret protection....... Read More


        Federal Trade Secret Protection Proposed in the Senate
        June 05, 2014

          Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 Senators Chris Coon (D-DE) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) proposed a bill on April 29, 2014 that would provide federal protection for trade secrets. Under the current state of the law, trade secrets are protected by a combination of various state statutes, state common law, and aspects of contract law. There is no private federal cause of action for appropriation of trade secrets, althoug....... Read More


          New and Useful - July 10, 2013
          July 10, 2013

            · InConvolve v. Compaq Computer the Federal Circuit affirmed in part the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruling that Compaq Computer Corp., Seagate Technology, LLC., and Seagate Technology, Inc. did not misappropriate 11 of 15 alleged trade secrets from Convolve, Inc. In addition, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment that 8 claims of U....... Read More


            Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc.: Reminders on Claim Construction, Discovery Matters
            February 06, 2013

              In Accent Packaging, Inc. v. Leggett & Platt, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment of non-infringement. Accent is the assignee of U.S. Patents 7,373,877 (the '877 patent) and 7,412,992 (the '992 patent). The patents are drawn to a wire tier device useful for baling and handling recyclables and solid waste to facilitate be....... Read More


              The problem of marketing an idea: how much do you tell a prospective licensee?
              December 06, 2006

                Forbes has an interesting piece regarding marketing ideas, specifically way to protect an idea when pitching it to companies or ways to avoid "giving something away" in the process. It's written to be easily understood by non-lawyers, and has some good general suggestions. Notably absent from the list: using the line "I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you." .... Read More


                Mattel sues makers of Bratz dolls for trade secret misappropriation
                November 27, 2006

                  Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie dolls, sued a former employee, Carter Bryant, for trade secret misappropriation in 2004. Now, Mattel is attempting to add MGA Entertainment, makers of the relatively new Bratz dolls, to the case. Mattel alleges that Mr. Bryant conceived of the Bratz doll design while working for Mattel, and therefore Mattel owns the rights to Bratz dolls.Mattel is also attempting to register se....... Read More


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