Here are the noteworthy trade secret, non-compete and cybersecurity stories from the past week, as well one or two that I missed over the past few weeks:
Noteworthy Trade Secret and Non-Compete Posts and Cases:
- A former American Airlines employee has agreed not to publish trade secrets and confidential information on his websites that he learned while he worked at American. According to Law360, American sued Gailen David, who runs several websites including The Sky Steward and AAGossip.com, in April after David published flight information about American’s board members and former executives, including their itineraries and seat assignments, and alleged that American bumps paying passengers from flights to accommodate those executives. Epstein Becker’s Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog has a write-up on the case as well.
- The University of Iowa has sued a former professor to enforce a non-compete prohibiting him from practicing medicine within a 50-mile radius of the university. Bogdan Cherascu, a clinical assistant professor in UI’s Internal Medicine department. Cherascu is now working for the Physician’s Clinic of Iowa, which is located in Cedar Rapids. Given the high profile of non-competes in the healthcare community, this one should be interesting to watch.
- LG is expected to issue an apology to Samsung soon in connection with allegations that LG’s employees stole Samsung’s organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens. In Sullivan’s Trade Secrets & Employee Defections Blog, Todd Sullivan reports that Samsung recently submitted documents to the Seoul Central District Court for 18 confidential technologies for its OLED screens and 21 other relevant details, demanding 1 billion won (US$880,514) from LG Display in compensation for each case of LG’s usage of the cited technologies or making public the information to a third party. OLED panels, which feature slimmer and more vivid screens than common liquid crystal display screens, are much sought after by tech companies around the world. In July, 11 people, including former or current researchers at Samsung Mobile, were indicted in South Korea on charges of leaking core display technology from Samsung to LG.
- Seyfarth Shaw’s Trading Secrets Blog has an interesting post, “When Everything Becomes Software, How Does That Affect IP Strategy?” by Joren De Wachter.
- “Don’t Sound The Death Knell Just Yet: Trade Secrets Are Still Alive in North Carolina” advises Poyner Spruill’s Josh Durham.
- Have a trade secret dispute in Taiwan? The International Techology Law Blog has a primer on “Trade Secret Litigation in Taiwan.”
- Former DuPont security chief Ray Mislock Jr. offers “8 keys to starting a trade secret protection plan” for the Security InfoWatch Blog.
- The International Trade Association’s tradeology blog has a post “The Secret Is Out! Learn More About the Value of Trade Secrets to the U.S. Economy.”
- “Dealing With IP and Trade Secret Theft by Employees” counsels Kris Haworth and Mindy Morton for Corporate Counsel.
Procedural Issues (for the litigators):
- Concerned about whether you can assert personal jurisdiction over a foreign party? See Alison Frankel’s report in her On The Case Blog about recent rulings against Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. holding it could be haled into a U.S. court.
Cybersecurity Posts and Articles:
- “Businesses Beware: Heavy-Handed Tactics Planned for Cybersecurity” warns Jody Westby in an article about the Obama administration’s possible executive action for Forbes.
- Looking for sample BYOD policies? Peter S. Vogel’s Internet, Information Technology & e-Discovery Blog has several.
- “Federal CIO Council Releases BYOD Toolkit” announces the InformationLawGroup Blog.
- “Cloud Computing: Some Practical Suggestions for Resolving Issues” in two installments by Osler Insights Blog.
News You Can Use:
- “Three Tips for Better Google Searching” from The New York Times’ Gadgetwise Blog.