Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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

Jay DeSanto

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U.S. Justice Department Announces Charges Against International Conspirators For Stealing Trade Secrets to Benefit China-based Company

Posted in Criminal Prosecution
In a press release last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against a group of international conspirators for allegedly stealing trade secrets from an unidentified Houston company. Those charged include four U.S. citizens, two Chinese nationals, and a Canadian national. The beneficiary of the alleged theft appears to be a China-based company with funding… Continue Reading

Chinese Company Challenges ITC’S Authority Over Trade-Secret Theft Occurring Outside the United States

Posted in U.S. Litigation
About 5 years ago, the Federal Circuit held that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) had the power to adjudicate trade-secret theft occurring wholly overseas. The case was TianRui Group Co. Ltd. v. ITC, 661 F.3d 1322 (Fed. Cir. 2011), and we blogged about it here. That decision is now under attack. Last week a… Continue Reading

When Customer Information Isn’t a Trade Secret – McCormack Auction Company, Inc. v. Hanks

Posted in U.S. Litigation
A California appeals court recently reversed a trial verdict that had found trade secrets in an auction house’s customer information. The case is notable because it demonstrates when customer information falls short of warranting trade-secret protection. Background The case McCormack Auction Company, Inc. v. Hanks involved a now-defunct auction house known as the McCormack Auction… Continue Reading