Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

Analysis and commentary on the latest developments in trade secrets protection, disputes, and enforcement

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The Growing Trend For Full Disclosures: What’s in Your Cleaning Products?

Posted in Legislation & Policy
New York has recently enacted disclosure laws that could impact clean product manufacturers’ ability to protect their trade secret chemical formulations. While California was the first U.S. state to pass a law requiring disclosure of all substances contained in cleaning products, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program imposes stricter… Continue Reading

When You Commit the Crime, Not Only Will You Do the Time, But You Will Also Pay the Fine

Posted in Asia, Criminal Prosecution, Trial & Verdicts, U.S. Litigation
In July 2018, U.S. District Judge James Patterson imposed a $59 million penalty against China’s largest wind-turbine firm, Sinovel Wind Group LLC (“Sinovel”), for stealing trade secrets from a Massachusetts-based technology company, American Superconductor Inc. (“AMSC”). This fine was imposed as restitution to the American company, AMSC, after Sinovel was found guilty of stealing trade… Continue Reading

The DNC Tests the Meaning of Trade Secrets in the Political Arena

Posted in Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)
Under the Defend Trade Secrets Acts (DTSA), 18 U.S.C. §1836 et seq., a “trade secret” is any type of “financial, business, scientific, technical, economic, or engineering information” that “derives independent economic value … from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable through proper means by, another person who can obtain economic value… Continue Reading

PharMerica Learns the Hard Way: One Must Have a Trade Secret In Order to Survive a Motion for Summary Judgment

Posted in U.S. Litigation
PharMerica Corporation (“PharMerica”) is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky that provides institutional and hospital pharmacy services throughout the United States.  The company filed a lawsuit in September 2016 in the Federal District Court of Pennsylvania alleging several employment and tort-related claims, and claims of misappropriation of Trade Secrets under the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade… Continue Reading

When You Do the Crime, You Must Do the Time

Posted in Asia, U.S. Litigation
Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd. (“Sinovel”) was convicted on January 24, 2018 for stealing trade secrets from AMSC, a U.S. based company. In March 2011, Sinovel, a manufacturer and exporter of wind turbines based in the People’s Republic of China, contracted with AMSC to sell more than $800 million in products and services for its… Continue Reading

A Trade Secret Telenovela: Defendants Alleged to Have Misappropriated Trade Secrets, Engage in Tortious Interference, and Unfair Trade Practices

Posted in U.S. Litigation
Earlier this month, Sunbelt, a North Carolina Corporation, filed a federal lawsuit against Vortex companies and Vortex Turnkey Solutions (hereinafter named “Vortex”) alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and unfair trade practices. In a case of follow the “footprints,” Sunbelt alleges that Vortex, through a serious of events, “willingly accepted information from Ghent, a… Continue Reading