Here are the noteworthy trade secret, non-compete and cybersecurity stories from the past week, as well as one or two that I missed over the past couple of weeks:
Trade Secret and Non-Compete Cases. Posts and Articles:
- “Connecticut Governor Vetoes Noncompete Statute Passed By Legislature,” reports Daniel P. Hart for Seyfarth Shaw’s Trading Secrets Blog. Last Friday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed Public Act No. 13-309, sending the bill to the legislature with a letter noting his concerns about a lack of clarity in the final version of the bill. The bill essentially required employers to provide some reasonable notice of a non-compete to an employee or prospective employee. David Popick has a post for Epstein Becker’s Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog, as does Russell Beck in his Fair Competition Blog.
- “Texas Appeals Court Guts $40M Energy Trade Secret Verdict” against Southwestern Energy Group, reports Law360.
- “Elevator Sales Company and Former Employee in Interesting Non-Compete Fight,” reports Jonathan Pollard in the non-compete blog.
- “Are WWE Wrestling Results Trade Secrets?” asks Eric Ostroff in his Trade Secrets Protection Blog.
- “Recent Conflicting Decisions Make It Potentially Easier and Harder to Enforce Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Covenants,” advises Choate Hall & Stewart’s Employment and Benefit Group for JDSupra.
- “Using Covenants Not to Compete in the Health Care Industry Part 1 – Understand the Basics,” advises Lee A. Spinks from Poyner Spruill.
- And while on the topic of non-competes and doctors, “Judges giving departing doctors new leverage,” reports Claire Bushey for Crain’s Chicago Business.
- “Restaurant Wars: Restrictive Covenants for Chefs & Tandoori Chicken Tikka,” reports Daniel Schwartz for the Connecticut Employment Law Blog.
- “California officials wrestle with handling trade secrets on fracking,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
- “Benefits of Early Discovery in Defending Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims,” advise Brent J. Gurney, Joshua T. Ferrentino and Alexander B. White for The New York Law Journal.
- “Factors to Consider in Cross-Border Trade Secret Protection,” recommends The IP Exporter.
- “Smoking Gun or Blowing Smoke? Five Tips to Make Sure That Computer Forensic Evidence of Trade Secret Theft Is What You Think It Is,” advise Thomas Gray and Elizabeth McBride for Orrick’s Trade Secrets Watch.
- “My Issue With PRATSA: The Rule of Lenity,” argues Kenneth Vanko in his Legal Developments in Non-Competition Agreements Blog.
- “Please, Do Not Trust Your New Employer to Interpret Your Non-Compete Clause,” pleads Laura Ellerman for Frith & Ellerman’s Virginia Non-Compete Law Blog.
- “Money, Money, Money: Top 10 Trade Secret Verdicts,” reports Rob Shwartz and Cam Pham for Orrick’s Trade Secrets Watch.
- “Five Things to Consider When Hiring an Employee From a Competitor,” recommends Benjamin Fink for Berman Fink Van Horn’s Georgia Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report Blog.
Cybersecurity Posts and Articles:
- “U.S., Firms Draw a Bead on Chinese Cyberspies,” reports The Wall Street Journal. This fascinating articles details the recent cooperation between the Obama Administration and various technology and internet companies.
- “Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Computer Flaws,” reports The New York Times.
- “Cybersecurity Pros Call For Federal Breach Notification Law,” advises Law360.