Brendan Sepulveda is an associate in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the Antitrust and Intellectual Property groups. In his antitrust practice, Brendan counsels and represents clients in both litigation and transactions related to competitor collaborations, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in addition to representing clients in regulatory reviews and investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Brendan also represents clients seeking to recover damages in private antitrust litigation. In his intellectual property practice, Brendan represents clients in trade secret and patent litigation across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, lighting, and life sciences.
By Brendan Sepulveda on Posted in Non-Competes,U.S. LitigationLast month, Panera, the sandwich company perhaps best known for its “You-Pick-Two”® soup-salad-sandwich offering, brought suit under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) against Michael Nettles, a former Panera executive who left the bread bowl purveyor for employment with Papa Johns. In its suit, Panera alleges that Nettles breached his employment agreement (which specifically identified… Continue Reading
By Kathryn L. Clune and Brendan Sepulveda on Posted in Criminal ProsecutionLate last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) scientists Yu Xue and Lucy Xi, as well as three of their associates for trade secrets theft, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit both crimes. The indictment accuses the scientists of transmitting proprietary GSK data to… Continue Reading
By Mark Klapow and Brendan Sepulveda on Posted in Cyberhacking,Data Protection This past Friday, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the United States and China had reached a “common understanding” to fight state-sponsored, corporate cyber espionage between the countries. During a joint press conference, President Obama said that “neither the U.S. nor the Chinese government will conduct or knowingly support cyber… Continue Reading
By Brendan Sepulveda and Stephen M. Byers on Posted in Criminal Prosecution,Cyberhacking,U.S. LitigationSergey Aleynikov, the ex-Goldman Sachs computer programmer convicted of stealing high-frequency trading source code, has once again succeeded in reversing a criminal conviction related to his infamous code-copying acts. Federal prosecutors had previously charged, tried, and won a conviction of Aleynikov for violations of the federal National Stolen Property Act (NSPA) (18 USC § 2314) and… Continue Reading