Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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

Matthew Gander

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The Next Battle in Trade (Secrets) War with China

Posted in Asia
On September 14, 2018, a former scientist at GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) pled guilty to conspiring to steal trade secrets from his former employer. Dr. Tao Li was accused of stealing confidential information about anti-cancer drugs from a GSK facility in Upper Merion, Pennsylvania after conspiring with other GSK employees who provided information to him via email, in… Continue Reading

Trade (Secrets) War with China?

Posted in Asia
On August 1, 2018, Xiaoqing Zheng was arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets belonging to General Electric (“GE”). Mr. Zheng, a graduate of MIT and an engineer who worked in the Power division of GE, is accused of stealing dozens of encrypted computer files related to turbine operation. In order to get the files out of… Continue Reading

Everything (including Trade Secrets Damages Awards) is bigger in Texas

Posted in U.S. Litigation
On March 15, 2018, HouseCanary, a data-analytics startup, was awarded $706 million in damages by a jury in Texas in its lawsuit against Title Source, an affiliate of Quicken Loans. The jury found Title Source misappropriated trade secrets including HouseCanary’s technology and appraisal analytics and breached both confidentiality and other agreements between the parties. While Title… Continue Reading

District Court Grants Immunity under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Posted in Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), U.S. Litigation
In what is likely the first case of its kind, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed a counterclaim for infringement of trade secrets, which the pharmaceutical company Lanett brought in the context of a wrongful termination suit initiated by a former employee. The Defend Trade Secrets Act was passed… Continue Reading

North Carolina Supreme Court Raises the Barre on Pleading Requirements in Statutory Trade Secrets Cases

Posted in U.S. Litigation
In Krawiec v. Manly, owners of a ballroom dance studio sued two former employees pursuant to a non-compete clause in their employment contracts. The plaintiffs claimed their former employees began working at a competing dance studio where they shared “original ideas and concepts for dance productions, marketing strategies and tactics, as well as student, client and… Continue Reading

Waymo Rings in the New Year with Accusation of Discovery Abuse against Competitor Uber

Posted in U.S. Litigation
In the most recent installment of the long running saga between Waymo and Uber over autonomous vehicle technology, Waymo has accused Uber of intentionally withholding evidence from discovery. Specifically, Waymo alleges that Uber failed to produce a letter of resignation from its former Global Intelligence Manager, Richard Jacobs. Waymo asserts that the letter is “[e]vidence… Continue Reading