Category Archives: trade secrets

Another circuit agrees that Dastar-barred claims can’t be repled as false advertising

Kehoe Component Sales Inc. v. Best Lighting Products, Inc., — F.3d —-, No. 14–3347, 2015 WL 4635824 (6th Cir. Aug. 5, 2015)   Best asked Kehoe (“Pace”) to make specialized lighting products for Best.  After Pace made enough units to … Continue reading

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ISHTIP at Penn, part 2

Early Career, Panel 2 | Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck, University of London), Moderator   Monica Huerta (Duke University) | Some Singularities, Like the Human Face   Famous Sarony photo of Oscar Wilde: signature at bottom is photographer’s.  Problem of photographic copyright, … Continue reading

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Plaintiff is over a barrel without a protectable trade secret

Giles Const., LLC v. Tooele Inventory Solution, Inc., 2015 WL 3505309, No. 2:12–cv–37 (D. Utah June 3, 2015)   Giles alleged that the defendants, including individuals, improperly disclosed and used its trade secrets related to barrel processing and pricing, resulting … Continue reading

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Don’t start a competing business using your boss’s equipment

Nedschroef Detroit Corp. v. Bemas Enterprises LLC, 2015 WL 2453511, No. 14–10095 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2015)   Defendants Rigole and LePage were Nedschroef employees in Detroit who formed a competing company, Bemas, while still working for Nedschroef. Nedschroef makes … Continue reading

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former founder’s overclaiming not enough for likely success on false association

Infogroup, Inc. v. DatabaseLLC, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2015 WL 1499066, No. 8:14–CV–49 (D. Neb. Mar. 30, 2015)   The parties compete in the market for databases about consumers and businesses.  Individual defendants are all former employees of Infogroup, including Vinod … Continue reading

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picture of refurbished equipment wasn’t literally false passing off

Stolle Machinery Co., LLC v. RAM Precision Industries, — Fed.Appx. —-, 2015 WL 1137429, No. 13–4103 (6th Cir. Mar. 16, 2015)   Stolle makes used to produce food and beverage cans. Stolle’s former employee, Shu An moved back to China, … Continue reading

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WIPIP Session 4, Cross-IP

Mark Lemley (& Mark McKenna), Scope   Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil copyright infringement case.  Court rejects invalidity claim: the photo has some creative elements.  So it has to go to a jury on infringement. But we … Continue reading

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Dastar-barred claim survives both as false advertising and false designation

Advanced Fluid Systems, Inc. v. Huber, 28 F. Supp. 3d 306 (M.D. Pa. 2014)   AFS sued Huber for violations of the Lanham Act, the CFAA, the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and various common law claims.  AFS designs and … Continue reading

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Dial U for unfair competition?

Liveperson, Inc. v. 24/7 Customer, Inc., 2015 WL 170348, No. 14 Civ. 1559 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 13, 2015)   LivePerson “provides customers with live-interaction and customer engagement technology for e-commerce websites, enabling businesses to interact in real-time with their website customers.”  … Continue reading

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Accusation of "instability" actionable but use of generic term isn’t confusing

EndoSurg Medical, Inc. v. EndoMaster Medical, Inc., No. GJH–14–2827, 2014 WL 7336691 (D. Md. Dec. 19, 2014)   Plaintiff EndoSurg makes endoscope replacement components, and plaintiff EndoCure makes custom rigid and small diameter flexible endoscopes.  (Endoscopic surgery requires inserting an … Continue reading

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