Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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

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Theft of Jawbone Trade Secrets: Individuals Facing Criminal Charges After a Finding of No Civil Liability

Posted in Criminal Prosecution, U.S. Litigation
On June 14, 2018, six former and current Fitbit employees were indicted in the Northern District of California for alleged federal trade secrets offenses. The individuals are accused of either stealing market research regarding fitness tracker opportunities from Jawbone, or stealing internal studies – including a comparison study of consumer behavior in which consumers wore… Continue Reading

Extending the Scope of a Search: Searching iCloud Storage

Posted in Data Protection, U.S. Litigation
On November 2, 2017, Foltz Welding LTD filed a motion for preliminary injunction against its former employee and operations manager in the United Stated District Court Southern District of Illinois. The company filed a nine-count complaint against its former employee and requested injunctive relief and damages. Foltz Welding claimed that the former employee may have… Continue Reading

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