Trade Secrets Trends

Trade Secrets Trends

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

Vince Galluzzo

Vince Galluzzo Vincent J. Galluzzo is Counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, with a focus on patent, trade secret and copyright infringement litigation, intellectual property portfolio management, counseling, and licensing, as well as patent prosecution and rendering opinions on patent infringement, validity, and enforceability.

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4 Key Takeaways: What the New Federal Trade Secrets Law Means for Your Clients (June 15 Webinar)

Posted in Legislation & Policy, Non-Competes
On June 15, Crowell & Moring hosted a trade secrets webinar, “What the New Federal Trade Secrets Law Means for Your Clients.” The panelists, Mark Klapow, Mark Romeo, Mike Songer, and Vince Galluzzo provided an overview Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed by President Obama in May. The panelists also discussed how the courts are… Continue Reading

House Finally Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law; Next Step is Obama’s Promised Signature

Posted in Legislation & Policy
As we have noted over the past several months, trade secrets will finally obtain additional protection under federal law. Yesterday, April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, S. 1890, without amendment. The bipartisan bill passed with a vote of 410-2, sending the bill to the White House… Continue Reading

Federal Trade Secrets Bill Headed to House Vote Wednesday

Posted in Data Protection, Legislation & Policy, U.S. Litigation
A federal civil cause of action for trade secrets misappropriation appears to be quickly becoming reality. Following the lead of the Senate, on Wednesday, April 20, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, S. 1890, without amendment. The bipartisan bill will now head to the full House of Representatives… Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes for Simple Cross-Border Trade Secret Law

Posted in EU Regulation, Legislation & Policy
Today, the European Parliament approved a Directive that seeks to simplify and harmonize the law on trade secrets throughout the European Union with a vast majority (503 in favor, 131 against and 18 abstentions). The Directive was first proposed in 2013. Although the initial proposal was deliberately kept ‘low profile,’ it was the subject of… Continue Reading

Best Practices for Responding to Potential Trade Secret Theft

Posted in Criminal Prosecution, Cyberhacking, Data Protection, U.S. Litigation
Companies sometimes discover warning signs or clear activity of trade secret theft but do not know how to deal with the issue right away.  Whether it is a current employee who remotely accesses company trade secret information while on vacation, or a departing employee who conveniently failed to return a company laptop, that company may… Continue Reading

The Growing Momentum for Federal Trade Secrets Legislation

Posted in Legislation & Policy
The momentum for federal trade secrets legislation appears to be growing with last week’s introduction of the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015” in both chambers of Congress. The bill, H.R. 3326 in the House and S. 1890 in the Senate, would create a uniform federal civil action for trade secret misappropriation, which is currently litigated exclusively… Continue Reading