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  • US House passes trade secrets bill

    April 27, 2016

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act, which will create a federal civil remedy for stealing trade secrets, will now go to President Obama for signing into law after being passed in the House of Representatives 410-2

  • Trade secrets bill clears US House Judiciary Committee

    April 20, 2016

    In a busy few days for trade secrets news, the House Judiciary Committee has approved a Senate-passed trade secrets bills with no changes and Indian company Tata has been hit with a $940m damages verdict in Wisconsin

  • US trade secrets bill passed unanimously in Senate

    April 06, 2016

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been passed 87-0 in the US Senate. It would allow federal actions in response to the misappropriation of trade secrets, but it is not clear how big an impact it would have after some of the more controversial provisions were scaled back by a Senate committee and with the House of Representatives yet to vote on the bill

  • Trade secrets up in the air

    February 24, 2016

    Cloud services make storing and accessing large amounts of information easier and cheaper. This gives in-house IP counsel the perfect opportunity to refresh their trade secrets strategy, argue Mark Ridgway and Annsley Merelle Ward

  • Trade secrets bill passes US Senate Judiciary Committee

    February 03, 2016

    The US Senate Committee on the Judiciary has passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016, which included amendments that were suggested in hearings in December

  • Focus shifts towards trade secrets

    October 27, 2015

    Speakers in a session on trade secrets at the AIPLA Annual Meeting said that as US patent holders are growing increasingly concerned about the state of patent protection, they are looking more towards trade secret protection as a means of protecting innovation.

  • The (trade) secrets of success

    October 14, 2015

    As several jurisdictions ponder reforms to trade secrets laws, AIPPI delegates debate questions that address how trade secrets should be protected and enforced, to ensure a balanced commercial environment. James Nurton reports

  • US legislators consider trade secrets bills and patent box

    July 31, 2015

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been introduced in the Senate on the same day that a discussion draft of patent box legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives

  • Protecting trade secrets in the global age

    July 15, 2015

    Hsu Wei-Fu of MediaTek speaks to Managing IP about why trade secret protection is so important for his industry and how he helped to usher in Taiwan’s trade secrets law

  • Biotech companies consider trade secrets as alternative to patents

    June 30, 2015

    Biotech IP practitioners at the BIO International Convention warned companies will increasingly look to trade secrets as a result of the courts’ and USPTO’s interpretation of Section 101, while David Kappos, Phil Johnson and Judge Paul Michel gave a gloomy outlook for patent holders

  • Guest blog: Why Europe must reform its trade secrets rules

    February 10, 2015

    The EU is considering ways of harmonising rules to protect trade secrets across Europe. Last month the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on the issue. One of the speakers, Alain Berger of Alstom, explains here why he thinks better protection for trade secrets is essential for European businesses

  • Are trade secrets the next troll target?

    October 24, 2014

    The rise of the Internet has altered the ways in which most people involved in IP conduct business. This is particularly true in regards to trade secrets

  • Keeping your trade secrets safe – now and in the future…

    September 26, 2014

    With new legislation proposed around the world, there is increased focus on trade secrets protection. All the more reason to get your corporate policies in order now, argue Robert Williams, Warren Wayne and Toby Bond

  • Trade secrets bill clears House Judiciary Committee

    September 18, 2014

    The House Judiciary Committee has approved HR 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act, by voice vote

  • Trade secrets get sexy

    August 13, 2014

    It seems like legislators around the world have woken up to the need to protect trade secrets. But are more laws really the way to prevent misappropriation?

  • Big business, big government and big legal questions

    September 26, 2014

    Big data is here to stay, but what does it mean for IP? Todd Vare and Michael Mattioli look at how big data can be protected in the US, and ask whether it can thrive under the existing legal framework

  • China to revise trade secrets law

    August 08, 2014

    A first draft of a revision to China’s trade secret law will be submitted to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce at the end of the month

  • The case for trade secrets reform in the US

    August 06, 2014

    If a US company discovers an employee has downloaded its trade secrets onto a thumb drive and is speeding towards the airport to board a plane to China to sell them, the options to stop him are slim to none. Efforts are underway in Congress to change this, with the introduction of trade secrets legislation in both houses

  • Companion trade secrets bill introduced in House of Representatives

    July 30, 2014

    The Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 has been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives George Holding, Howard Coble, John Conyers, Steve Chabot, Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jefferies

  • Preparing for Chinese trade secret litigation

    June 02, 2014

    Getting and presenting evidence to establish your trade secret claims in China can be difficult. Christine Yiu discusses strategies on how to gather and present your evidence

  • Italy sets out EU presidency priorities

    June 16, 2014

    Developing legislation to deal with goods-in-transit and protecting trade secrets will be among Italy’s priorities when it takes over the EU presidency on July 1, said Simona Vicari, under secretary of state at the Ministry of Economic Development, at last week’s IP Enforcement Summit in London

  • EU set for harmonised rules on trade secrets

    November 28, 2013

    The European Commission has today proposed a directive on trade secrets to replace the patchwork of rules across the EU

  • How to keep your secrets secret

    July 11, 2013

    Trade secrets are an increasingly important part of a company’s IP portfolio. But IP owners need to ensure their secrets are afforded maximum protection. Michael Warnecke explains how they should do it

  • Supreme Court backs former employee in trade secrets case

    May 23, 2013

    The Court of Appeal was right to find that a former employee of mosquito net maker Vestergaard was not liable for breach of confidential information, the UK Supreme Court has ruled

  • Kolon counterclaim against DuPont dismissed

    April 13, 2012

    A US court’s summary judgment for DuPont against Kolon could inspire more use of trade secrets at a time when US patent law is in transition

  • Analysis: AMSC’s trade secrets challenge in China

    November 07, 2011

    US energy technology company AMSC is making progress in its trade secrets battle with a former Chinese client, but will find it difficult to prove infringement in a jurisdiction without discovery

  • DuPont win shows importance of trade secrets strategy

    September 20, 2011

    A Virginia jury’s $920 million verdict against Kolon Industries for misappropriating DuPont’s trade secrets demonstrates the importance of having the right protection procedures in place

  • Appeal court clarifies trade secret protection

    April 20, 2011

    The Court of Appeal in London has broadly upheld a decision that Vestergaard Frandsen’s trade secrets were used by a competitor

  • Trade secrets cases escalate in US

    October 27, 2010

    A recent case involving a DuPont employee illustrates the growing risks of trade secrets theft in the US

  • Don’t become infected by trade secret theft

    October 27, 2010

    It’s not only losing trade secrets that companies need to worry about. Becoming infected with stolen secrets is equally risky

  • How to avoid losing trade secrets

    October 27, 2010

    The risk of trade secrets theft from companies is growing. But there are steps you can take to keep sensitive information secure

  • AIPPI passes wide-ranging resolutions

    October 08, 2010

    IP practitioners passed resolutions on trade mark dilution, trade secrets, contributory patent infringement and the person skilled in the art during the AIPPI Congress this week

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