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What To Do About Employee Thieves—Catch Them If You Can!

Posted in Trade Secrets

Cross Posted from California Peculiarities.

Seyfarth Synopsis: When employee theft occurs, employers must be cautious in investigating, avoiding self-help, and in deciding if and how to terminate the offending employee.

Companies work hard to hire trustworthy employees, but employee theft can occur in any business. Employee theft takes different shapes—you may discover an employee is stealing products, supplies, … Continue Reading

We Traced The Trade Secret Leak … It’s Coming From Inside The Business

Posted in Trade Secrets

Cross Posted from California Peculiarities.

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Protecting trade secrets from employee theft requires more than using an NDA when onboarding employees. If businesses want to protect confidential information, they need a cradle-to-grave approach, reiterating employee obligations regularly, including during exit interviews. (Yes, you need to do exit interviews!)

Headline stories in intellectual property theft tend to involve foreign … Continue Reading

Federal Precedents Under the DTSA Have Arrived

Posted in Trade Secrets

While the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) has only been in effect for a few months, the first wave of cases raising DTSA claims have started to generate federal decisions. In what appears to be the first substantive ruling under the Act, the Northern District of California illustrated some the advantages – and limitations – of DTSA claims … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Governor Supports Noncompete Reform, But Not Abolition

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

According to The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has publicly voiced his support for some restrictions on noncompete agreements, but he does not want to abolish them entirely. Specifically, Governor Baker supports the bill passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives (discussed previously here), but not the far more restrictive bill passed by the Massachusetts Senate (discussed … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: International Non-Compete Law Update

Posted in International, Trade Secrets

On Thursday, July 28, at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth attorney Dominic Hodson will present “International Non-Compete Law Update,” the eighth installment in Seyfarth’s 2016 Trade Secrets Webinar series.

Mr. Hodson will focus on non-compete considerations from an international perspective. Specifically, the webinar will involve a discussion of recent developments, and a refresher in general principals, in non-compete issues around the … Continue Reading

Webinar Recap! Enforcing Trade Secret and Non-Compete Provisions in Franchise Agreements

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

As a thank you to our valued readers, we are pleased to announce the webinar “Enforcing Non-Compete Provisions in Franchise Agreements” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s seventh installment in its series of Trade Secrets Webinars,  Seyfarth attorneys John Skelton, James Yu and Dawn Mertineit focused on the importance of State specific non-compete laws … Continue Reading

Update: Massachusetts House of Representatives Edits and Unanimously Approves Non-Compete Bill in an Attempt to Make Progress Before End of Legislative Session

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Trade Secrets

As we previously reported, Massachusetts is making yet another go at non-compete reform, as the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development introduced a compromise bill at the end of May that has many in the Commonwealth talking.  As we noted, there were several provisions that gave some commentators pause, including most notably a garden leave provision that would … Continue Reading

Seyfarth’s Trade Secrets Group Earns Top Tier Ranking from Legal 500

Posted in Trade Secrets

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States recommends Seyfarth Shaw’s Trade Secrets group as one of the best in the country. Nationally, for the first time, our Trade Secrets practice earned Top Tier.

Based on feedback from corporate counsel, two Seyfarth partners, Michael D. Wexler and Robert B. Milligan were recommended in the editorial.

The Legal 500 … Continue Reading

Webinar Recap! The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Employers Should Know Now

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

We are pleased to announce the webinar “The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Employers Should Know Now” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s sixth installment, attorneys Robert Milligan, Daniel Hart and Amy Abeloff, described the key features of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) and compared its key provisions to the state Uniform Trade … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court: Company Representative May Be Excluded from Trade Secret Hearing

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

In a clash between two major oil companies, the Texas Supreme Court ruled May 20, 2016 that the recently enacted Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”) allows the trial court discretion to exclude a company representative from portions of a temporary injunction hearing involving trade secret information.  The Court further held a party has no absolute constitutional due-process right to … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Enforcing Trade Secret and Non-Compete Provisions in Franchise Agreements

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth attorneys, John Skelton, James Yu and Dawn Mertineit will present the seventh installment of the 2016 Trade Secrets Webinar series. This program will focus on protecting a franchisor’s trade secrets, confidential information, and goodwill through the use of covenants against competition.

The Seyfarth panel will specifically address the following topics:… Continue Reading

Bring Out the Body Bags: Seller’s Covenant, In Asset Sales Agreement, Not To Compete Within 150 Miles For 10 Years Unenforceable

Posted in Non-Compete Enforceability, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

Palmetto bought the assets of Knight Systems’ mortuary transport business. The agreement of purchase and sale included (a) Palmetto’s commitment to buy body bags, at specified discounted prices, exclusively from Knight Systems for 10 years, and (b) Knight Systems’ promise not to provide mortuary transport services within 150 miles of Palmetto’s offices for the same period.  Notwithstanding the non-compete covenant, … Continue Reading

Umpteenth Time’s the Charm? Massachusetts Has Another Go At Non-Compete Reform

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again — as the Boston Globe reports, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development has sponsored a compromise bill with the goal of limiting non-competes in the Commonwealth.

As our readers may recall, for nearly a decade, Massachusetts legislators have attempted to pass legislation regarding non-competes, to no avail.  In … Continue Reading

Webinar Recap! Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and the NLRB: Can They Peacefully Coexist?

Posted in Restrictive Covenants, Social Media, Trade Secrets

By Gary Glaser, James McNairy and Marc Jacobs

We are pleased to announce the webinar “Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and the NLRB: Can They Peacefully Coexist?” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s fifth installment of its 2016 Trade Secrets Webinar series, Seyfarth attorneys, Gary Glaser, Jim McNairy and Marc Jacobs, conveyed … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar! The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Employers Should Know Now

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which Congress passed on April 27, 2016. With President Obama’s signature, the DTSA has now become the law of the land, and a federal civil remedy for trade secrets misappropriation now exists.

What does the passage of the DTSA mean for your company?

On Monday, May 16 Continue Reading

President Obama Signs the Defend Trade Secrets Act: Tips for Navigating the New Law

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new federal civil cause of action is now available to trade secrets owners seeking to pursue claims of trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”).  To take full advantage of the remedies provided  under the DTSA, companies have an immediate obligation to provide certain disclosures in all non-disclosure agreements with employees, contractors, and consultants … Continue Reading

Drones & Trade Secrets – How Low Can They Go?

Posted in Trade Secrets

This Blog first addressed the threats drones pose to the protection of Trade Secrets in June of 2014.[1] Since then, drones continue to proliferate at a dizzying pace. Everybody and their brother has one, and drones are becoming much more sophisticated and advanced. [2]  The challenge is for the law to keep up with the technology, and so far, … Continue Reading

Webinar Recap: Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry

Posted in Trade Secrets

We are pleased to announce the webinar “Protecting Confidential Information and Client Relationships in the Financial Services Industry” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

Seyfarth’s fourth installment, presented by Scott Humphrey, Marcus Mintz and Kristine Argentine, focused on trade secret and client relationship considerations in the banking and finance industry, with a particular focus on a … Continue Reading

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

Posted in Practice & Procedure, Privacy, Social Media, Trade Secrets

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of email. For convenience, employees often use one device for both personal and work-related communications, whether that device is employee-owned or … Continue Reading

U.S. Treasury Department Suggests That Non-Compete Reform is Necessary

Posted in Legislation, Non-Compete Enforceability, Practice & Procedure, Trade Secrets

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently released a study on the effect of non-compete agreements, taking a hard line with respect to their social and economic benefits and purported harms.  Specifically, while the authors of the study acknowledge that in some cases non-compete agreements can promote innovation, they ultimately conclude that the potential harm of misuse by employers outweighs those … Continue Reading

What Does the Passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act Mean for Your Business?

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

Congress passed federal trade secrets legislation today. On April 4, 2016, the Senate passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Soon after, on April 20, 2016, the House Committee approved S. 1890 by voice vote. Today, the House passed the DTSA. President Obama has voiced his support for the DTSA, which indicates that he will … Continue Reading

House Vote Live Tweet Update

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

The House is set to vote on the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) in a matter of hours. Per the House schedule today, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. Eastern for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. Eastern for legislative business. First votes are expected around 2:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern and last votes expected are expected around 4:45-5:45 p.m. … Continue Reading

Live Tweet of House Vote on the Defend Trade Secrets Act Tomorrow

Posted in Legislation, Trade Secrets

On April 4, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”).  On April 20, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Senate’s amended version of the bill, which will now be voted on the House floor tomorrow, April 27. The President has indicated that he will sign the DTSA.

We will be … Continue Reading

Upcoming Webinar: Restrictive Covenants and the NLRB: Can They Peacefully Coexist?

Posted in Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

Recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) law in the area of employee handbooks and policies brings new challenges for employers as to how they can best protect their trade secrets and enforce restrictive covenants in their employment agreements without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.

On Tuesday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Seyfarth attorneys Gary Glaser, … Continue Reading