Trade Secret | Noncompete – Issues and Cases in the News – February 2016 Update

Trade Secret | Noncompete Issues and Cases in the News February 2016UpdateFebruary 21, 2016 Russell BeckFair Competition News, Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, Noncompetes, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets, Uncategorizedconfidential information, Economic Espionage Act, inevitable disclosure, Massachusetts, noncompete, noncompete bill, restrictive covenants, trade secret, trade secret audit, unfair competition There havebeen a few issues and cases making trade […]

No Statutory Damages Under SCA Without Actual Damages

The U.S. Court Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that statutory damages under the Stored Communications Act (SCA)are not available in a case where the plaintiff did not incur any actual damages. The case, Vista Marketing LLC v. Burkett, originated from an extremely contentious divorce proceeding. While the majority of the allegations in that […]

General Electric doubles down on power and transportation through innovation and Alstom acquisition

General Electric Logo by Jeff Turner. Licensed under CC BY 2.0. The General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) of Fairfield, CT, is a multinational conglomerate with a diverse array of business segments, including appliances, power and water, oil and gas, energy management, healthcare, aviation and transportation. In January, the company announced that it would be moving its […]

“Ew Part II: EU/US Reach Privacy Shield Agreement”

Its been four months since the EU invalidated the Safe Harbor agreement that had been allowing US companies to transfer data into and out of the EU despite the EUs more stringent privacy laws. I wrote about that here. In the ensuing clusterkerfuffle (trademarked term), US companies have scrambled to adopt policies incorporating the EUs […]

Webinar on Overcoming 101 Rejections

Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled “Overcoming 101 Rejections for Computer and Electronics Related Patents — Leveraging USPTO Guidance and Recent Decisions to Meet 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements” on February 11, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST). Charles Bieneman of Bejin Bieneman and Richard J. Holzer, Jr. of HolzerIPLaw will provide guidance for […]

Court Denies Extraterritorial Appliation of Lanham Act

In a February 1, 2016 ruling, Judge Jed S. Rakoff issued a decision explaining his reasoning for the dismissal of the plaintiffs trademark action seeking to find that the holder of a presumptively valid foreign trademark had abandoned the mark. The plaintiff and defendant had originally been commonly owned. After a corporate reorganization, the plaintiff […]

Rather a double life: 26 extra years of copyright for Beatrix Potter

This Kat would like to thank his solicitor colleague Tristan Sherlikerfor this interesting copyright mewsing. In a real-world fairytale story this week, the discovery was announced of a previously unpublished work by beloved mycologist (also children’s author) Beatrix Potter, 150 years after her birth. Would Beatrix have thought of Merpel as a well-behaved cat?The newly […]

Launching a Mobile App in Europe? Seven Things to Consider When Drafting the Terms & Conditions

[Editors Note: In response to the success of our earlier post on terms and conditions for mobile apps, two of our London-based colleagues have prepared a remixed version, which looks at the subject of mobile app terms and conditions from a European perspective. Enjoy!] The mobile app has become the new face of business. Its […]

Update on Harvard-Ravel Digitization Project: Calif. Cases Now Live

Last October,I wrote hereabout the joint initiative betweenHarvard Law School and Ravel Law to digitize and make available to the public for free Harvards entire collection of U.S. case law, which is said to be the most comprehensive collection of American law and cases available anywhere outside the Library of Congress. Today, Ravel CEO Daniel […]