Michael J. Songer is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. As a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups, his practice focuses on complex commercial disputes.
By Mark Klapow, Michael J. Songer and Colin Proksel on Posted in U.S. LitigationIn the highest-profile case filed to date under the recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act, Space Data has accused Alphabet and Google of misappropriation of trade secrets in the launch of their balloon-based wireless network code named Project Loon, in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Space… Continue Reading
By Michael J. Songer and Stephen M. Byers on Posted in Criminal Prosecution,U.S. LitigationE.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. settled its long-running trade secret dispute against Kolon Industries, Inc. over the theft of trade secrets related to DuPont’s flagship Kevlar® product. Crowell & Moring attorneys, in partnership with McGuireWoods LLP, represented DuPont in the six-year battle. Kolon also pled guilty to one count of a conspiracy to convert… Continue Reading
By Jan-Diederik Lindemans, Kristof Roox, Michael J. Songer and Mark Klapow on Posted in EU RegulationOn November 28, 2013, the European Commission (EC) proposed a directive “on the protection of undisclosed know-how and confidential business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure.” If adopted, the directive will establish a common definition of “trade secrets” and set of remedies in all 28 European Union (EU) Member States. The proposed directive… Continue Reading
By Mark Klapow and Michael J. Songer on Posted in Legislation & PolicyIn the wake of legislation strengthening U.S. federal trade secret statutes and a recent National Intelligence Estimate sounding the alarm on the economic costs of cyber-espionage, the White House in February 2013 released a new “Administration Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of Trade Secrets.” The report, produced by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria… Continue Reading
By Stephen M. Byers and Michael J. Songer on Posted in Cyberhacking,Legislation & Policy,U.S. LitigationFor the first time, the U.S. Department of Justice has indicted a Chinese state-owned enterprise for violating the Economic Espionage Act, in connection with efforts to acquire manufacturing technology for titanium dioxide, a white pigment commonly used in paint, plastics and paper. The indictment specifically alleges that “the People’s Republic of China (PRC) publicly identified… Continue Reading