Category Archives: Trade Secret

Massachusetts Noncompete Law Reform Efforts Fall Short, Again

As I have previously reported, the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed competing versions of noncompete reform bills.  Although the two bills contained many of the same provisions, they also differed in material ways.  See Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform — Current … Continue reading

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House Judiciary Committee Approved Trade Secret Bill on 4/20

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate adopted the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  (S. 1890)  As a clear indication of the strong bi-partisan support the bill enjoyed, the vote was unanimous (87-0).  Shortly afterwards, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Unanimously Approved Trade Secret Bill

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate adopted the Defend Trade Secrets Act.  As a clear indication of the strong bi-partisan support the bill enjoyed, the vote was unanimous (87-0). For prior posts which examined the DTSA in more depth, … Continue reading

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Senate to Vote on Federal Trade Secret Bill on April 4, 2016

As I previously reported in this blog, the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that will create a uniform standard for trade secret misappropriation claims across the United States.  The bill, called the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, was … Continue reading

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New Federal Private Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation?

Trade secrets are often a company’s most valuable asset. Historically, companies seeking to protect their trade secrets in court have needed to rely on a combination of state law remedies, including various versions of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”), … Continue reading

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Best Practice Tips for Protecting Company Secrets

What can an employer do when an employee leaves to work for a competitor and takes the employer’s secret recipe for its special sauce with him?  For many businesses, especially in this high-tech economy, confidential information and trade secrets are … Continue reading

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Mark to Present at BNA Bloomberg Seminar — Trade Secrets: The New Frontier in a Changing IP Landscape (New York, NY)

On December 3, 2014, Mark will be among a panel of presenters at a day-long seminar entitled “Trade Secrets: The New Frontier in a Changing IP Landscape.”  The seminar is co-sponsored by BNA Bloomberg and the International Intellectual Property Institute, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Noncompete and Trade Secret Law Reform Update

Mark Whitney attended a panel discussion on the status of the Massachusetts Noncompete and Trade Secret Law Reform efforts on September 16, 2014 at the Boston Bar Association.  In attendance were the two state legislators who are primarily responsible for … Continue reading

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Mark Authors First Circuit Update for ABA Trade Secrets Committee

Mark Whitney recently authored a portion of the annual trade secret law update presented at the August 2014 annual meeting of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, Trade Secrets and Interference with Contracts Committee.  Mark, an active member of … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Legislature Fails to Implement Non-compete or Trade Secret Law Reform

July 31, 2014 marked the end of the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session, and the end of another year of failed efforts to reform the laws governing non-compete agreements and trade secret protections.  As in prior years, reform efforts did not … Continue reading

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