Topic: Trade Secrets

Workplace Issues: Latest Need- to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new in the world of employment law? Quite a bit, actually: employee privacy, ADA and ADAAA issues, theft of trade secrets, vacation policies, ERISA-related matters, social media in the workplace, FMLA leave, right-to-work laws, NLRB and EEOC activity, E-verify laws, wage-hour issues, background check approvals, and much more. Here’s a roundup of recent labor and… Read more »

5 Ways to Protect Your Trade Secrets

Earlier this month, game developer Zynga took the offensive in a dispute over the theft of trade secrets when it sued a former employee for walking out the door with proprietary information: “… Zynga alleges [Alan] Patmore copied over 760 corporate files into his DropBox account (in a folder which he allegedly named ‘Zynga’). The… Read more »

Technology + Employees = Business Risk? More Than You Think…

Sure, data theft by disgruntled employees is a big deal (we’ve all read the surveys and seen the news headlines). But the “technology + employees = business risk” equation doesn’t stop there. For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent advisories on JD Supra that remind us how the benefits of the digital age can… Read more »

Small Business and IP: 5 Issues You Might Not be Considering (But Should!)

(Tech Start-Up Legal Issues 3: Guarding Your IP Assets by Bloomberg Law) It is often said that the success or failure of a technology startup can hinge on the protection of its intellectual property. But tech startups are not the only businesses with IP concerns. In today’s digital age, all small business owners and entrepreneurs… Read more »

Your Business Needs a Social Media Policy: Here’s Why (and How)

“Businesses usually have their social media being managed by employees, independent contractors, or outside ‘experts’. The key to success with social media is to have many ‘connections’ with others and develop relationships with them. But, who really owns those connections and relationships? This is a question that has been brought to the forefront because of… Read more »

New Jersey Trade Secret Act Passed; Awaits Governor’s Signature

On December 5, 2011, the New Jersey Assembly sent the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act, the state’s own version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, to Governor Chris Christie for signature. Written to codify a long history of well-developed case law, the Act provides statutory remedies and procedural guidance for the misappropriation of trade secrets.… Read more »

IP Law: Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property

“Business law is based on common sense. You can buy or sell breakfast, a toaster or car repair without a lawyer. Intellectual Property is different. Common sense does not always apply to IP. This is dangerous because IP is often a valuable competitive advantage, e.g., McDonald’s trademarked name and golden arches, Coca-Cola’s secret formula, Microsoft’s… Read more »

Trade Secrets: Are You Covering Your Ass(ets)?

“Customer lists, manufacturing and marketing plans, financial information, manufacturing techniques and product designs, can all be protectable… These are examples of typical business information that may give a business an advantage over competitors who do not have the information. General knowledge and skill of a worker can be transportable to a new job.” (From A… Read more »

Okay For Employees to Steal Trade Secrets? Apparently Yes, Sometimes It Is

Here’s an interesting employment update from law firm Fisher & Phillips to do with a case (Joyce Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation) in which the New Jersey Supreme Court “addressed the question of whether an employee may take confidential documents from his or her employer for the purpose of helping in the prosecution of a discrimination… Read more »

Protecting Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Here’s what lawyers and law firms on JD Supra are writing to help business owners and entrepreneurs make sense of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. A legal reading list on protecting your company’s intellectual property: – Protect your Intellectual Property – People, Processes & Products (by Bambi Faivre Walters, PC): A brief overview: “The term ‘intellectual… Read more »