Category: Intellectual Property Disputes

Protect Your Trade Secrets or Lose Them

At a bare minimum, all businesses should have a standard confidentiality (non-disclosure) agreement for its employees, vendors, investors, and anyone else who has access to the business’s trade secrets.

What Should a Company do When it Suspects That an Employee Stole Its Trade Secrets?

Employees take their employers’ trade secrets all the time. It’s a fact of life.  No matter what systems an employer has in place, sooner or later a key employee will depart and take some trade secret information, data, or documents with them. Most employees…

9 Basic Steps For Minizing Trade Secrets Theft From Your Company

Lawsuits involving trade secrets theft have become an almost weekly occurrence. In 2015, Fitbit, Nike, Angie’s List, and Oculus Rift became entangled in high-profile legal battles arising out of former employees and competitors allegedly stealing the companies’ trade secrets such as customer lists, software codes, and…

Two Common (and Costly) Mistakes in Trade Secrets Litigation

Trade secrets litigation can be expensive, and if you can avoid it by implementing the measures that I’ve previously described here, then you are off to a good start.  But if your trade secrets have been misappropriated and you have no choice but to…

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property When Getting Involved in a Startup

One of the factors that distinguishes successful startups from those that fail, is not just a great idea, but an idea that’s legally protected from theft. A source code that solves a major need in the market place is worthless unless the inventor can…

No Non-Compete Agreement? No Problem! – What Texas Companies Can Learn from Oculus Rift Lawsuits

I advise all my business clients in Texas to have non-compete and non-solicitation agreements with their key employees. Why? Well, first of all, because Texas courts enforce such agreements, so it only makes sense to take advantage of them. Second, because clear, specific, and…

10 Tips on Preventing Trade Secrets Theft by Employees Who Work from Home

In 2013, Marissa Mayer’s memo to Yahoo employees cancelling Yahoo’s work-from-home policy sparked a debate on whether working from home hurts or benefits companies, and whether any cost-savings associated with such an arrangement are outweighed by a decrease in productivity of remote employees. Very few critics, however,…

Four Ways to Protect Your Business Ideas: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, and Trade Secrets

Whether you are an owner of an established business or a budding entrepreneur working on a start-up, understanding how you can protect your business ideas is key to making your company attractive to investors, securing funding, growing the company and ensuring the longevity of your business. Depending…

When A Trademark Is Challenged, a Covenant Not to Sue Might Be the Answer

The United States Supreme Court, which rarely agrees to hear trademark cases, has recently ruled that a properly drafted covenant not to sue a competitor for trademark violation can effectively moot the competitor’s counterclaims challenging the drafter’s trademark. In Already, LLC, dba Yums v….