As readers of this blog know, I’m active in the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Trade Secret Law Committee, having served as Litigation Subcommittee Chair and presently as Vice Chair.  For those who are either attending the AIPLA’s Spring Meeting in Seattle, Washington on May 1 through May 3, 2013 or still considering it, I wanted to let you know about a number of exciting trade secret presentations that will be offered, including one of which I will be presenting. 

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 (2:00 – 3:30 pm), Josh Durham of Poyner Spruill, LLP will be moderating the presentation, “A Global Marketplace and a Mobile Workforce—Can a Trade Secret Possibly be Kept SECRET?”  The presentation will include competing views and hopefully a debate over the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act between Dan Westman of Morrison Foerster, LLP and Professor Eric Goldman of Santa Clara University School of Law, High Tech Law Institute.  The presentation will also include “Extraterritorial Protection of Trade Secret Rights”  by Jay H. Reiziss of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione.  Finally, Palk Saber of IBM Corporation will present “Appropriate Steps to Safeguard Trade Secrets from a Corporate Perspective.”  (A special thanks to Seth Hudson for all of his outstanding work in organizing this panel and presentation).

After that presentation, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Peter Toren of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley, PLLC, will speak and chair a discussion on “The Obama Administration’s Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of US Trade Secrets—What Every US Company Needs to Know.”  After Peter’s presentation, the AIPLA Trade Secret Law Committee will have a panel discussion on the Obama Administration’s Trade Secrets Initiative.  Committee Chair Janet Craycroft of Intel Corporation, Peter Toren, Dan Westman and I will participate in that discussion and we are hoping Peter will be able to persuade representatives of the Administration to join us as well. 

Finally, I have the privilege of presenting “2013 Trade Secret Law Mid-Year Review: Greater Emphasis from the Obama Administration, New Federal and State Legislation and Noteworthy Federal and State Cases” on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Closing Plenary Session at 10:15 a.m.

For those still interested in registering for the AIPLA’s Spring Meeting, here’s the link. Hope to see you there!