Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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

James K. Stronski

James K. Stronski Jim Stronski is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring and a member of the Intellectual Property Group as well as the Litigation & Trial Department. Jim is a first-chair trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in IP litigation and related commercial disputes. He has litigated in courts nationwide for nearly 25 years. Jim has been listed in the New York Super Lawyers Metro Edition for intellectual property litigation each year since 2006.

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Not So Fast: Ex-Goldman Sachs Employee’s Conviction For Stealing Source Code Reinstated

Posted in U.S. Litigation
Yesterday, an intermediate New York State appellate court, the First Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, reinstated the conviction of an Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer, Sergey Aleynikov. At issue here are allegations that Mr. Aleynikov violated the New York penal code by copying source code for a proprietary high frequency trading… 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

Utah’s Supreme Court Applies Rebuttable Presumption of Harm In Trade Secret Case

Posted in U.S. Litigation
The Supreme Court of Utah, in InnoSys, Inc. v. Mercer, held earlier this week that an employer making a prima facie case of trade secret misappropriation is entitled to a legal presumption of harm that, if unrebutted, supports a claim for trade secret misappropriation and at least injunctive relief. This August 31, 2015 decision interprets Utah’s… Continue Reading