Recently, Seyfarth Partner Jesse Coleman had the opportunity to present an American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”) webinar titled “Working with Experts and Recent Developments in Trade Secrets Damages.” Together with Brent Bersin of FTI Consulting and Attorneys Lawrence Pockers and Jennifer Kenedy, the webinar shed light on the intricacies of trade secrets damages and provided valuable insights into theContinue Reading Working with Experts and Recent Developments in Trade Secrets Damages: Jesse Coleman Shares Key Takeaways from AIPLA Webinar
UK Government Moves to Limit Non-Competes
The UK government has announced that it will bring in legislation to restrict the post-employment non-compete restraints to three months. This is a significant proposal as currently non-compete restrictions in the UK are generally capable of being enforced for a period up to 12 months (if they are “no more restrictive than is reasonably necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate…Continue Reading UK Government Moves to Limit Non-Competes
Jesse Coleman to Present AIPLA Webinar
Jesse Coleman, a Partner in Seyfarth’s Commercial Litigation practice group, will present at American Intellectual Property Law Association’s “Working with Experts and Recent Developments In Trade Secrets Damages” webinar on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Jesse will be presenting alongside other leading practitioners in the area, including Brent Bersin (FTI), Lawrence Pockers (Duane Morris) and Jennifer…Continue Reading Jesse Coleman to Present AIPLA Webinar
Fifth Circuit Spares Trade Secrets Suit, But Clarifies That Specific Evidence of Irreparable Harm Must Support Request for Preliminary Injunction
In Direct Biologics L.L.C. v. McQueen, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a lower court’s dismissal of a trade secret and restrictive covenants suit, but nonetheless stressed the need for movants seeking a preliminary injunction in trade secrets cases to provide specific evidence of the irreparable harm caused by both actual and potential…Continue Reading Fifth Circuit Spares Trade Secrets Suit, But Clarifies That Specific Evidence of Irreparable Harm Must Support Request for Preliminary Injunction
Spilling Secrets to AI: Does Chatting with ChatGPT Unleash Trade Secret or Invention Disclosure Dilemmas?
This article was originally published on Seyfarth’s Gadgets, Gigabytes & Goodwill blog.
If there is anything movies like The Terminator have shown us, it’s that AI systems might one day become self-aware and wreak havoc. But until Skynet becomes self-aware, let’s enjoy the AI toy that is quickly becoming a part of our daily lives. Some Samsung employees recently discovered that playing with AI models like ChatGPT may have unexpected consequences. These employees used ChatGPT for work and shared sensitive data, such as source code and meeting minutes. This incident was labeled as a “data leak” due to fears that ChatGPT would disclose the data to the public once it is trained on the data. In response, many companies took action, such as banning or restricting access, or creating ChatGPT data disclosure policies.…
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Seyfarth’s Trading Secrets Blog Chosen as Global Top Law Blog in 2023-24
We are pleased to share that our Trading Secrets blog was included as the top blog in Global Top 200 Law Blogs. The top 200 is an editorially chosen list of law blogs written by “Lawyers, Barristers & Firms” around the world by the editor and publisher of PracticeSource.com & The House of Butter Blog, Sean Hocking.
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Federal Court Awards Company Only $1.00 in Damages in Misappropriation Case against Former Employee
The District of Maryland recently awarded a software developer a mere $1.00 in nominal damages for contract and trade secret claims against a former employee, citing the immateriality of defendant’s breach and plaintiff’s failure to prove a fair licensing price for its misappropriation damages.
In AirFacts, Inc. v. de Amezaga, AirFacts, a developer of accounting software for airlines, filed suit against Diego de Amezaga, its former director of product development, alleging that de Amezaga’s subsequent employment violated his employment agreement with AirFacts and that de Amezaga had misappropriated various trade secrets.…
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Robert Milligan to Present Webinar on How Trade Secrets Are Affected by the FTC’s Crackdown on Non-Competes
On Wednesday, March 8 at 12 p.m. Pacific, Robert Milligan—Seyfarth partner and co-chair of the firm’s Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice—is presenting the “What Does the FTC’s Crackdown on Non-Competes Mean for Trade Secrets?” webinar for the California Lawyers Association.
The panel will discuss:
Seyfarth’s Trade Secrets Group Earns New International Ranking
World IP Review included Seyfarth’s team in the first Global Trade Secrets Rankings, which was announced in 2023. The World IP Review Global Trade Secrets Rankings are based on feedback from the market and reflect the fact that trade secret issues are cross border, complex, and high value. Find more information on the World IP Review website.Continue Reading Seyfarth’s Trade Secrets Group Earns New International Ranking
Policy Matters Podcast: FTC’s Crackdown on Non-Competes Through Agency Rulemaking
In an unprecedented move, the FTC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would render unenforceable all non-compete agreements currently in existence (with limited exception), and would bar employers from entering into any contract that that could conceivably prevent a worker from seeking or accepting certain employment, or operating certain businesses, after the conclusion of the worker’s employment with…Continue Reading Policy Matters Podcast: FTC’s Crackdown on Non-Competes Through Agency Rulemaking