Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a voice vote in favor of the passage of the now amended Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). At this point, the Committee has not yet revealed when the current version of the DTSA will make it to a floor vote, nor has it been announced when and if the House will … Continue Reading
As we reported last month in this blog, in December the European Council and representatives of the European Parliament reached a “provisional agreement” on the European Commission’s proposed Directive to protect trade secrets. With this provisional agreement, the Council and representatives of the European Parliament agreed on compromise language to be submitted to the Parliament for approval, thus clearing … Continue Reading
Continuing our tradition of presenting annually our thoughts concerning the top 10 developments/headlines this past year in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law, here—in no particular order—is our listing for 2015 and a few predictions for 2016. Please join us for our first webinar of the New Year on January 29, 2016 discussing these developments/headlines.
1) Enactment of federal … Continue Reading
Throughout 2015, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group hosted a series of CLE webinars that addressed significant issues facing clients today in this important and ever-changing area of law. The series consisted of nine webinars:2014 National Year in Review: What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete and Computer… Continue Reading
Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding the protection of trade secrets through the creation of a federal civil cause of action, which would allow trade secret victims to sue for trade secret misappropriation in federal court.
Senator Chuck Grassley opened the hearing, outlining the importance of protecting the “lesser known but increasingly important form of intellectual … Continue Reading
Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EST, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing concerning trade secret theft entitled “Protecting Trade Secrets: The Impact of Trade Secret Theft on American Competitiveness and Potential Solutions to Remedy This Harm.”
As the 2016 presidential race moves into the debate phase, one issue sure to get more and more attention is the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”). In simplest terms, the TPP is a proposed trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, concerning a wide variety of matters of economic policy. Together, the countries account for 40 … Continue Reading
Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Reference What Employers Need to Know
There is no denying that social media has transformed the way that companies conduct business. In light of the rapid evolution of social media, companies today face significant legal challenges on a variety of issues ranging from employee privacy and protected activity to data practices, identity theft, cybersecurity, … Continue Reading
With increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secrets legislation expected next month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets/Non-Compete group has created a resource which summarizes the proposed legislation, outlines the arguments in favor of and against the legislation, and provides additional resources for our readers’ convenience. This page will be continuously updated … Continue Reading
On July 29, 2015, with bipartisan support, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced a bill to create a federal private right of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. The proposed legislation, titled the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015” (“DTSA”), follows a failed attempt … Continue Reading
On June 11, 2015, Alabama’s Governor signed into law legislation that revises the state’s non-compete statute, which is found in Section 8-1-1 of the Code of Alabama. The effective date for these changes is January 1, 2016. As summarized below, these revisions represent the Alabama legislature’s attempt to “clarity” portions of the non-compete statute by codifying several recent judicial decisions … Continue Reading
On June 26, 2015, Hawaii’s governor David Ige signed Act 158 which voids any “noncompete clause or a nonsolicit clause in any employment contract relating to an employee of a technology business.”
The Act defines “technology business” as one that “derives the majority of its gross … Continue Reading
Following up on my post weighing on the MOVE Act, which stands to impact non-compete agreements for low-wage employees if enacted, I had the opportunity to discuss the subject with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the interview, I discuss the basics of the potential legislation and whether or not it has a chance of passing.
U.S. Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) proposed federal legislation last week to ban the use of non-competes for low-wage employees and require companies to provide advance notice before asking potential employees to sign non-competes. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are cosponsors of the bill.
Last summer was a busy time for legislators in Massachusetts mulling over non-compete reform. As we reported here and here, several competing bills were in play as the legislative session drew to a close, including a compromise bill that was passed in the state Senate but ultimately failed to advance in the House. You may even recall that then-Governor … Continue Reading
As we have frequently reported in this blog, social media privacy issues increasingly permeate the workplace. For example, earlier this year, Montana and Virginia joined a growing number of states in enacting laws restricting employer access to the social media accounts of applicants and employees. With Governor Dannell Malloy’s approval of similar legislation in Connecticut on May 21, the Constitution … Continue Reading
Following a national trend, Montana and Virginia have become the nineteenth and twentieth states to enact laws restricting employer access to the social media accounts of applicants and employees.
Virginia’s law, which takes effect on July 1, 2015, prohibits requesting (or requiring) the disclosure of usernames and/or passwords to an individual’s social media … Continue Reading
Cross Posted from Global Privacy Watch
The plethora of security incidents in the news have once again put security front and center of the international agenda. Predictably, this has triggered a number of responses from governments around the world. Some of these responses seem to have been ill-considered. However, one of the more comprehensive responses came out of the … Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives of academia, government, legal practice and industry on important trade secret issues facing innovators today.
The panels … Continue Reading
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.
Seyfarth partner Robert Milligan, an ITechLaw Member of the Board … Continue Reading
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 … Continue Reading
With 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’ … Continue Reading
As a special feature of our blog –special guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals –please enjoy this blog entry summarizing a recent presentation at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on the Latest Developments in Trade Secret and Non-Compete Law by ABA Law Student Reporter Melissa Lauretti, a law student at the University of Connecticut.
-Robert Milligan, … Continue Reading
As you may recall, we recently reported that Massachusetts legislators’ attempts to pass a bill altering the landscape of non-compete enforceability (including Governor Deval Patrick’s bold push to ban non-compete agreements altogether) failed yet again. As has become a nearly perennial event in the Commonwealth, efforts to push legislation through by the close of the session were frenzied, but ultimately … Continue Reading