Posted 19 hours ago

“Bridgegate” Triggers Proposed Expansion of New Jersey Whistleblower Protections

In an effort to preempt another “Bridgegate” scandal, New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg has sponsored a bill to extend whistleblower protection to employees who disclose incidents of wasted public funds, governmental abuse, or gross mismanagement. On October 9, 2014, the New Jersey Senate’s Labor Committee approved Bill S-768, which, if passed, will significantly expand New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”).

Posted 3 days ago

Trade Secret Attorneys Discuss Latest Issues in Trade Secret Litigation in Corporate Disputes Magazine

On October 1, 2014, Michael D. Wexler and Robert B. Milligan, partners and co-chairs of Seyfarth Shaw’s Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice group participated in a Q&A mini-roundtable from Corporate Disputes Magazine on current trends in trade secret disputes and the steps companies can take to reduce these disputes. Below are fielded questions from the Seyfarth Shaw Reprint of Corporate Disputes Magazine, OCT-DEC Issue. We hope you find this informative.

Posted 3 days ago

Pythagoras and the Geometry of Intellectual Property: Where Do Trade Secrets Fit In?

Most people stop taking math in high school. Geometry was often the culprit that either made someone enjoy solving problems involving Greek letters or become completely disinterested. All those arcs and triangles…how does any of that apply to life as an attorney?

Posted 3 days ago

Seyfarth Attorneys Facilitate Discussion On Trade Secret Protections and Legislative Developments in US and EU at ITechLaw 2014 European Conference

Seyfarth IP, International and Trade Secret Attorneys are participating in the ITechLaw 2014 European Conference in Paris, France this week.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Competitor Avoids Injunction Because Competition Was Not Significantly Aided And Abetted By A Signatory To Non-Compete

In a recent Texas federal court ruling, a competitor closely aligned with, and seemingly assisted by, a signatory of a non-compete covenant narrowly avoided a preliminary injunction because the assistance was not shown to have been substantial.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Today’s Connected Employee: A License to Steal

Do you recall the early days of the spy movie genre? Many of these movies depicted cloaked secret agents slinking around dark offices snapping pictures of evil plots to take over the world with their tiny spy cameras. Now a tiny spy camera is a bit passé given that every smartphone worth its salt makes this a standard feature. What is scary though is that camera is part of a digital storage device that can hold gigabytes of data, which coincidently, is connected to what we now commonly refer to as “the Cloud”.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Non-Compete and Forum Selection Clauses in Franchise Agreement Binding on Franchisee Who Signed It and on His Wife Who Didn’t

A Florida franchisee executed a franchise agreement (FA) containing a non-compete provision and a Pennsylvania forum selection clause. Following termination of the FA, the former franchisee’s wife opened a similar business in another part of Florida. The franchisor filed suit in Pennsylvania against the former franchisee and his wife, and they moved to dismiss or, alternatively, to transfer the case to Florida. The motion was denied.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Upcoming Webinar: How and Why California is Different When it Comes to Trade Secrets and Non-Competes

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth attorneys, Robert Milligan, James McNairy and Joshua Salinas, will present the eighth installment in our 2014 Trade Secrets Webinar Series. They will focus on recent legal developments in California trade secret and non-compete law and how it is similar to and diverse from other jurisdictions, including: a discussion of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, trade secret identification requirements, remedies, and the interplay between trade secret law and Business and Professions Code Section 16600, which codifies California’s general prohibition of employee non-compete agreements. The panel will discuss how these latest developments impact litigation and deals involving California companies.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Webinar Recap! Ins and Outs of Prosecuting and Defending Trade Secret Injunction Cases

We are pleased to let you know that the webinar “Ins and Outs of Prosecuting and Defending Trade Secret Injunction Cases” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

Posted 3 weeks ago

House Judiciary Committee Considers Federal Trade Secret Legislation

desWith increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secret legislation expected this month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets group has created a resource page on its Trading Secrets blog which summarizes the proposed legislation, outlines the arguments in favor of and against the legislation, and provides additional legislation resources for our readers’ convenience.ription