Do We Need A New Judicial Fast Lane To Combat Trade Secret Theft? (Forbes Cross-Post)

Do We Need A New Judicial Fast Lane To Combat Trade Secret Theft? (Forbes Cross-Post)

I’ve previously described the Defend Trade Secrets Act as “the most important intellectual property development you aren’t paying attention to.” The bill would create a new federal trade secret law that would dramatically change trade secret practice throughout the country….

42 Law Professors Oppose The Defend Trade Secrets Act

42 Law Professors Oppose The Defend Trade Secrets Act

I have frequently called the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a bill to create a new federal civil trade secret cause of action, the most important IP development that you’re not paying attention to. I hope that will change. Today, 41…

Federal Trade Secret Bill Re-Introduced--And It's Still Troublesome (Guest Blog Post)

Federal Trade Secret Bill Re-Introduced–And It’s Still Troublesome (Guest Blog Post)

You may recall my prior coverage of Congress’ efforts to enact a new federal trade secret cause of action. The Defend Trade Secret Act has been reintroduced to Congress and it deserves your attention. If enacted, it would be among the most…

Congress Should MOVE To Restrict Employee Non-Compete Clauses (Forbes Cross-Post)

Congress Should MOVE To Restrict Employee Non-Compete Clauses (Forbes Cross-Post)

Newly hired employees routinely must accept non-compete restrictions as a condition of employment, but don’t interpret the ubiquity of non-compete clauses as a signal that they are a good idea. By restricting future competition for employees’ labor, employee non-competition clauses…

Some Specific Problems With The Proposed Federal Trade Secret Law (Comments From a Reader)

Some Specific Problems With The Proposed Federal Trade Secret Law (Comments From a Reader)

Recently, David Levine guest-blogged a bibliography about a new federal trade secret law. In response to that post, a reader emailed me the following comments (which, as usual, I’m sharing with permission): __ First, the initial problem is that an…

Another Competitive Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Fails--Infogroup v. DatabaseLLC

Another Competitive Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Fails–Infogroup v. DatabaseLLC

The plaintiffs run several well-known databases, such as infoUSA and Salesgenie. The defendants are former employees of plaintiffs who split off and launched a competitive rival. The plaintiffs are upset that the defendants’ databases contain fake listings created by the…

Company's Social Media Accounts Transferred in Bankruptcy

Company’s Social Media Accounts Transferred in Bankruptcy

This case addresses whether social media accounts used in connection with a business become property of the bankruptcy estate. The debtor, known as “Tactical Firearms,” was formed by Jeremy Alcede. Originally it was owned by Alcede and his then-wife, but…

Do Employers Own LinkedIn Groups Created By Employees?--CDM v. Sims

Do Employers Own LinkedIn Groups Created By Employees?–CDM v. Sims

Simms worked for plaintiff CDM Media but switched jobs to work for Box, allegedly one of plaintiff’s larger customers. Plaintiff alleges that Simms violated a non-compete and misappropriated its trade secrets. Among other issues, plaintiff sought control of a “LinkedIn…

A Bibliography About Federal Trade Secret Law Reform (Guest Blog Post)

A Bibliography About Federal Trade Secret Law Reform (Guest Blog Post)

Eric’s introduction: patent and copyright reform get a lot of attention, and they have overshadowed proposals to create a new federal trade secret civil cause of action that have been floating around in Congress for a few years. I’ve previously…

Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2014 (Forbes Cross-Post)

Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2014 (Forbes Cross-Post)

It’s time for my annual recap of the top Internet Law developments of the year. #10: Copyright Fair Use Tilts To Defense. Larry Lessig has famously said that “fair use in America simply means the right to hire a lawyer…