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The explosion of digital and social media enables companies to work more efficiently and to easily and creatively promote their products and services to large audiences across the globe. Modern technological developments in the workplace, however, come with modern issues – one such challenge for companies is protecting intellectual property (IP) and confidential information in today’s dynamic, digital and mobile
Continue Reading Q&A Concerning IP Protection and Social Media Issues in the Workplace

CalBarThe workplace is often the laboratory where creative ideas are hatched and innovative products are launched. While striving to create environments where innovation and creativity thrive, successful companies must also ensure that appropriate safeguards and agreements are in place to protect intellectual property. Employers also face challenges in navigating fair trade practices and employee privacy rights while capitalizing on the
Continue Reading Seyfarth Shaw is Pleased to Sponsor the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Protection and Social Media Issues in the Workplace Program

shutterstock_345999860Throughout 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:

  1. 2014 National Year in Review: What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete and Computer


Continue Reading Best Practices Shared in Seyfarth Shaw’s 2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series Year in Review

shutterstock_276783140We are pleased to announce the webinar “Social Media Privacy Legislation Update” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording.

In Seyfarth’s eighth installment in its series of Trade Secrets Webinars, Seyfarth social media attorneys discussed their recently released Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Reference and addressed the relationship between trade secrets, social media, and privacy legislation.

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WebinarSocial media and related issues in the workplace can be a headache for employers. 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
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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 thSMPLe 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 2015-2016 Edition of the Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Reference Now Available

shutterstock_275396996Eric Barton authored the following article on August 20, 2015 in Intellectual Property Watch summarizing several recent cases addressing trade secret claims involving social media issues, as well as providing some suggested takeaways for employers based on the limited information presently available.

There is no question that social media privacy issues now permeate the workplace. In an attempt to provide
Continue Reading Inside Views: The Intersection Of Trade Secret Law And Social Media Privacy Legislation

shutterstock_142248280The defendants in a case pending in Chicago federal court were accused of contravening Facebook’s terms of use by accessing its computers in order to create a phony page and then using it to ridicule someone. In Bittman v. Fox, Case No. 14 C 8191 (N.D.Ill., June 1, 2015) (Holderman, J.), the court held that those allegations do not
Continue Reading CFAA and SCA Do Not Prohibit Creation Of A Fake Facebook Page

shutterstock_134112389As 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 Connecticut Governor Signs New Social Media Privacy Legislation

shutterstock_186292982In Illinois federal court, a plaintiff alleged aspects of their LinkedIn group were trade secrets misappropriated by the defendant. The defendant moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim. The court denied the motion in part and granted in part, ruling that portions of social media groups may be protectable under the state’s trade secret law. CDM Media USA,
Continue Reading Aspects of Private Social Media Groups May Be Protectable Under Illinois Trade Secret Law