Preliminary Injunction Entered After Texas Federal Court Concludes Ex-Employee “Inevitably” Will Disclose Trade Secrets

By | Trading Secrets | July 24, 2014
Preliminary Injunction Entered After Texas Federal Court Concludes Ex-Employee “Inevitably” Will Disclose Trade Secrets

An employee entered into non-compete and confidentiality agreements with his employer.  Following his resignation from that company, he went to work for a competitor.  His job functions and territory with both employers were similar.  In a suit for violation of the non-compete and confidentiality agreements, a Texas federal court held recently that — absent an injunction — disclosure to his new employer of his former employer’s confidential information was inevitable.

Can You Go Too Far in Protecting Trade Secrets?

By | Trade Secret Insider | July 10, 2014
Can You Go Too Far in Protecting Trade Secrets?

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans recently held that an employer’s policy for protecting its confidential and proprietary information was unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Specifically, the Fifth Circuit held that a broad confidentiality policy – even one protecting valuable trade secrets – violates the NLRA if it reasonably tends to chill employees’ protected rights to discuss wages.

Next-Generation Manufacturing Should Place Greater Emphasis On Trade Secret Concerns

Next-Generation Manufacturing Should Place Greater Emphasis On Trade Secret Concerns

Picking up on our discussion last week aboutthe pending Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014, recent testimony by Eli Lilly’s Vice President and General Patent Counsel, Douglas K. Norman in support of this legislation offers a good example of why a set of enhanced and uniformed laws for the protection of trade secrets in the United States is especially important for fostering the next generation of manufacturing in this country.