The Fordham IP Conference in New York is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As the conference heads into its second quarter-century, the programme and faculty are as impressive as ever. It remains a magnet for key opinion leaders from all areas of intellectual property. Whilst the rain poured down across Manhattan, the conference began…

Protecting companies’ confidential business and technical information – “trade secrets” – is becoming a major priority of the private sector and governments around the world. For good reason: one in five European companies has been the victim of trade secret misappropriation, or attempts at misappropriation, at least once in the past 10 years, and for…

The federal district court in Hartford, Connecticut, erred in denying judgment as a matter of law in an action in which a manufacturer of thermal flexographic processors alleged that a former partner misappropriated trade secrets engaged in an anticompetitive conspiracy that damaged the manufacturer’s business and hurt customers. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New…

The federal district court in Houston did not abuse its discretion in enforcing a forum selection clause between Wellogix, on one side, and SAP America, Inc. and SAP AG (collectively, “SAP”) on the other, in holding that trade secret claims brought by Wellogix against SAP were required to be dismissed because they were subject to…

Factual findings did not support a district court’s conclusion that a former analyst for two financial services companies intended to cause a loss of $12 million when he unlawfully copied proprietary computer files and used the data to conduct computerized stock market trades for himself. A 36-month prison sentence based on the erroneous intended loss…

2015 was a year of continued stage setting in trade secrets law. With several developments on both the civil and criminal side, Russell Beck looks back at 2015 and analyzes noteworthy case law and legislation both in the U.S. and abroad, analyzing topics such as: the latest development regarding the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,…

A non-disclosure agreement in an employment contract between a medical device maker and a former employee was not an unenforceable non-compete agreement under Texas law, theU.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has decided in a not-for-publication opinion. The district court erroneously concluded that the non-disclosure provision formed a “lifetime non-compete clause” in violation of Texas…