As first reported in a C&M Trade Secrets Blog Post last week, IBM filed a lawsuit in New York federal district court in early February against Microsoft’s newly hired diversity executive, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre. Ms. McIntyre had been at IBM more than 20 years, finishing her employment as its Chief Diversity Officer. View Full Post
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer initiated an investigation on August 18, 2017 pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The probe will determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) related to technology transfer, intellectual property, trade secrets, and innovation are discriminatory towards U.S. View Full Post
Popular Insulated Cup Manufacturer in Hot Water over Alleged Trade Secret Misappropriation Tervis Tumbler Company, the maker of the infamous insulated tumblers, has found itself in hot water with a former supplier, Trinity Graphic. Trinity filed suit in the Middle District of Florida against Tervis and its new supplier, Southern Graphics, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets under both the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) and Florida trade secret statute along with breach of confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement, fraud, aiding and abetting, and civil conspiracy. View Full Post
On January 14, 2018, IBM’s Chief Diversity Officer resigned to go work for Microsoft in the same role. The caveat: she had a twelve month non-compete clause. On February 12, 2018, IBM filed a lawsuit to enjoin its former diversity officer to honor her non-compete agreement with IBM and to recover damages. View Full Post
Seyfarth Shaw is pleased to announce the publication of the Trading Secrets 2017 Year in Review! The 2017 Year in Review is a compilation of our significant blog posts from throughout last year and is categorized by specific topics such as: Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Non-Compete & Restrictive Covenants, Legislation, International, and Social Media and Privacy. View Full Post
Seyfarth IP, International, Trade Secrets, and Corporate Attorneys Sponsoring ITechLaw 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference in Hong Kong Seyfarth Shaw LLP is pleased to be a Global Sponsor at ITechLaw’s 2018 Asia-Pacific Conference in Hong Kong March 7–9. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong 5 Connaught Road Central Central, Hong Kong ITechLaw is a not-for-profit organization established to inform and educate lawyers about the unique legal issues arising from the evolution, production, marketing, acquisition and use of information and communications technology. View Full Post
Robert Milligan to Present “Defend Trade Secret Act (DTSA) as it Approaches its Two-Year Anniversary” at Law Seminars International On March 23, 2018, Robert Milligan, Seyfarth Shaw partner and co-chair of the Trade Secrets, Non-Competes, and Computer Fraud Law Practice Group, will be part of an expert panel at Law Seminars International in Seattle, Washington, on Trade Secrets. Robert Milligan will speak at the “Defend Trade Secret Act (DTSA) as it Approaches its Two-Year Anniversary” program at 9:15 a.m., and he will provide an update on civil enforcement. View Full Post
Upcoming Webinar! Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry On Tuesday, March 27, in Seyfarth’s second installment in its 2018 Trade Secrets Webinar Series, Seyfarth attorneys Scott Humphrey, Erik Weibust, and Marcus Mintz will focus on trade secret and client relationship considerations in the banking and financial services industry, with a particular focus on a firm’s relationship with its FINRA members. View Full Post
As a special feature of our blog—guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals—please enjoy this blog entry from Jeremy Morton, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, London, UK. The UK government has finally launched a consultation on its proposed “Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018,” in advance of the June 9, 2018, deadline to implement the EU Trade Secrets Directive of 2016. View Full Post