Micah Fincher is an author for the Trade Secret Insider. He helps clients maximize the value of their intellectual property and defend against infringement claims. With experience litigating complex cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress, Micah advises clients about all aspects of IP. He has practiced before state and federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and the former Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (now the Patent Trial and Appeal Board). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.582.8464.
An employee’s termination date – that is, the date the employee quits or is fired – may be critical to determining when his non-competition obligations expire. Under Louisiana law, a non-competition agreement may not “exceed a period of two years from termination of employment.” La. R.S. 23:921(C). This rule was recently applied by the Louisiana … Continue Reading
Hackers are getting creative. As they gather information about potential targets for identify theft and other cybercrimes, they increasingly target companies’ human resources departments. Employee records often contain troves of sensitive personal information sought by such criminals – from original employee applications with social security numbers and driver’s license numbers, bank draft forms with bank … Continue Reading
Theft of trade secrets by rogue employees is frighteningly common. When employees leave or lose their jobs, about half “steal corporate data and don’t believe it’s wrong” and forty percent “plan to use the data in their new jobs,” according to a 2012 global survey published by Symantec, a security firm. The survey was based … Continue Reading
In a previous post, we examined T-Mobile’s complaint against Chinese smartphone marker Huawei and its US subsidiary, in which T-Mobile accused Huawei employees of stealing trade secrets relating to a mobile phone testing robot named “Tappy”. T-Mobile filed its complaint in September 2014, and the following month Huawei’s US subsidiary responded with a motion to … Continue Reading
Key takeaway: Where appropriate, confidentiality agreements should include promises not to reverse engineer the disclosing party’s technology. Meet “Tappy”, the mobile phone testing robot. Designed by T-Mobile’s Bellevue, Washington, labs in 2006, its mechanical “finger” mimics user inputs for mobile phones. Tappy helps T-Mobile model how users interact with mobile phones, replicating days or weeks … Continue Reading
A couple weeks ago, a company sued a competitor for allegedly stealing its trade secrets and hiring a key former employee, who developed the trade secret technology. But this is no run-of-the-mill trade secrets case. It involves some of the most pioneering figures within the gaming industry. ZeniMax Media, Inc., owner of id Software, LLC, publisher … Continue Reading
Are published baseball card prices protectible as trade secrets? That’s one question raised in a lawsuit recently filed in Seattle, Washington. Beckett Media, LLC, a publisher of pricing and other information on collectibles and specialty products, sued Check Out My, LLC, the owner of COMC.com, which offers consignment services for collectible cards and other memorabilia. … Continue Reading