Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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Siri Rao

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Ex-Employee of IBM Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Source Code

Posted in Criminal Prosecution, Data Protection
On January 18, 2018, a former software developer for IBM Corp. was sentenced to five years in prison after he had pleaded guilty of theft of a trade secret and economic espionage.  As part of his work for IBM, Xu Jiaquiang had access to proprietary source code which facilitates faster computer performance by coordinating work… Continue Reading

Advanced Video: Time to Check Your Agreement Provisions

Posted in U.S. Litigation
On January 11, 2018, the Federal Circuit issued a game-changing decision that addressed the pitfalls of an entity’s attempt to secure the ownership of intellectual property rights through an employment agreement. The Court held that three different provisions that the employer argued effected an assignment of intellectual property rights were not sufficient to convey those… Continue Reading