Tag Archives: trade secrets

burden is on Ds to show unprotectability of what they copied

Compulife Software Inc. v. Newman, 2020 WL 2549505, No. 18-12004, No. 18-12007 (11th Cir. May 20, 2020) The opinion sums up: The very short story: Compulife Software, Inc., which has developed and markets a computerized mechanism for calculating, organizing, and … Continue reading

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9th Circuit panel divides on evidence of injury in false advertising case

VBS Distribution, Inc. v. Nutrivita Laboratories, Inc., — Fed.Appx. —-, 2020 WL 2086557, No. 18-56317 (9th Cir. Apr. 30, 2020) The parties compete in the market for nutritional supplements and television programs. VBS sued for Lanham Act and California state … Continue reading

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1201 claim to control device features survives

Philips North America, LLC v. v. Summit Imaging Inc., 2020 WL 1515624, No. C19-1745JLR (W.D. Wash. Mar. 30, 2020) But I was told that after Lexmark and Chamberlain, manufacturers weren’t using §1201 claims to control devices! The parties compete to … Continue reading

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false claims about duration of business could be actionable

SPS Technologies, LLC v. Briles Aerospace, Inc., 2019 WL 6841992, No. CV 18-9536-MWF (ASx) (C.D. Cal. Oct. 30, 2019) The parties compete in the market for high-strength aerospace fasteners. SPS, using information that is allegedly confidential/proprietary to it, makes the … Continue reading

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ex-employees with new company trigger false advertising dispute (and submarine patent invalidity argument)

AlterG, Inc. v. Boost Treadmills LLC, 2019 WL 4221599, No. 18-cv-07568-EMC (N.D. Cal. Sept. 5, 2019) The wildest allegation here involves former AlterG employees (who founded defendant Boost), one of whom allegedly got a journalist to write an article disclosing … Continue reading

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Y/S/H Junior Faculty Forum, June 5-6 2019 Request for Submissions (including IP)

Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum June 5-6, 2019, Yale Law School Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools announce the 20th session of the Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Yale Law School on June 5-6, 2019. The Forum’s objective is … Continue reading

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Y/S/H Junior Faculty Forum, June 5-6 2019 Request for Submissions (including IP)

Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum June 5-6, 2019, Yale Law School Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools announce the 20th session of the Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Yale Law School on June 5-6, 2019. The Forum’s objective is … Continue reading

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IPSC session 3 (trade secret then copyright)

Session 3: Trade Secrets, Courtney Cox, Can the Law Force You to Lie? The Use of Deceptive Precautions to Protect Trade Secrets Reasonable measures to protect the secret are generally required. Should you have to engage in deception, or deceptive … Continue reading

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multi-million dollar award for trade secret theft & false advertising of “local” origin

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Sycamore, 2018 WL 1578115, No. 13-cv-00749-DN-DBP (D. Utah Mar. 29, 2018) A relatively large trade secret/false advertising verdict in this case.  Bimbo prevailed at trial on its trade secret claim that Sycamore revealed Bimbo Bakeries’ … Continue reading

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claiming to provide services then referring out can be false advertising, but P must still show harm

Larry Pitt & Associates v. Lundy Law LLP, No.. 13-2398, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2018 WL 925011 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 15, 2018) The parties are Philadelphia-area law firms that advertise for personal injury, social security, and workers’ compensation cases. Pitt sued … Continue reading

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