trade secret misappropriation

Speaking Of . . . Trade Secrets | Damages For Misappropriation Can Be Full Refund Of Ex-Employee’s Severance Pay

March 14, 2013
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When your trade secrets are stolen, you might sue the ex-employee who stole them, or the competing business that’s now in possession of them, or both.  What’s an appropriate measure of damages when your trade secrets are stolen?  It can be your lost profits caused by the misappropriation, if you can prove them.  Or, it [...]

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Speaking of . . . Trade Secrets | Misappropriation Justice Has International Reach: Connecticut Court Has Jurisdiction Over Canadian Who Never Left Canada **UPDATE 3/7/13**

March 7, 2013
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3/7/2013 Update Below An important federal appeals court has determined that a Connecticut court has jurisdiction over a Canadian citizen whose only act in Connecticut was accessing information on a computer server located in Connecticut.  In MacDermid, Inc. v. Deiter, 702 F.3d 72 (Dec. 26. 2012), a Connecticut-based company, MacDermid, Inc., sued its former employee, [...]

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Speaking of . . . Trade Secrets | Misappropriation Justice Has International Reach: Connecticut Court Has Jurisdiction Over Canadian Who Never Left Canada

March 4, 2013
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An important federal appeals court has determined that a Connecticut court has jurisdiction over a Canadian citizen whose only act in Connecticut was accessing information on a computer server located in Connecticut.  In MacDermid, Inc. v. Deiter, 702 F.3d 72 (Dec. 26. 2012), a Connecticut-based company, MacDermid, Inc., sued its former employee, Deiter, a Canadian [...]

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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act | Did the Ninth Circuit Blow It?

October 2, 2012
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Did the Ninth Circuit “blow it” when it snubbed other courts and held that “exceeding authorized access” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) means nothing less than “hacking?” In a recent decision, U.S. v. Nosal, the full Court challenged the prevailing understanding of computer crime law by taking a narrow view of the [...]

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Social Networks and Trade Secret Misappropriation: Can your company’s “friends” list be a trade secret?

August 1, 2012
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Trade secrets are aspects of your company that, if discovered/used by a competitor, could significantly impact your bottom line or your ability to compete in the marketplace.  Recently, a federal court in Colorado held that even something that appears to be publicly known – in this case, a business’s Myspace® profiles and “friends” lists – [...]

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