Trade Secrets Protection Act & Defend Trade Secrets Act: 2015 Updates
From organized crime, and foreign governments to competing companies, hackers, and employees, the threats to trade secrets are graver than ever before some reports suggest that trade secrets theft may cause loss of 1 to 3% of the Gross Domestic Product of the United States and other advanced industrial economies.
In April 2014, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 (DTSA) and the Trade Secret Protection Act of 2014 (TSPA) were introduced. The TSPA would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) to create a private, federal action for 'mis-appropriation' of a trade secret intended for use inter-state or foreign commerce.
In a two hour live webcast, a panel of key thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with a thorough discussion of the fundamentals as well as updates of these two Act. The panel will also provide insight into the limitations and new benefits of the Acts. For example the legislation authorizes federal courts to issue ex parte order to preserve evidence and seizure property used in a violation. Thus, trade secret owners would be afforded relief similar to that of the Lanham Act.
Key topics include:
- Trade Secrets Protection Act - Overview
- Defend Trade Secrets Act – Overview
- Advantages for Trade Secret Owners
- Uniformity and Other Limitations
- Sanctions for Non-Compliance with New Trade Bills
- Inevitable-Disclosure Doctrine
Robert B. Milligan, Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Current state of law for protection of trade secrets and computer fraud
- Historical overview
- Current holes in existing legal framework that may need legislative solution
Kristi A. Davidson, Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney P.C.
- History of trade secret legislation and how we got here
- What the House and Senate bills provides
- Pros and cons
Alan Albright, Partner
Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP
- History of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act legislation and how we got here
- The various proposals, including Obama’s proposed revisions, provide
- Pros and Cons
Paul R. Monsees, Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
- Steps employers can take to enhance trade secret protection when hiring and terminating employees
- Steps employers can take to enhance ability to use Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
- Importance of trade secret protection arising out of narrowed patent protections
- Impact of social media on trade secret protection
- What constitutes “reasonable efforts” to maintain the confidential nature of information claimed as a trade secret.
- Business considerations in deciding whether file suit to pursue trade secret misappropriation
Who Should Attend:
- Attorneys (Trade Practice)
- Public and Private Companies
- Multinational Companies
- Trade Counsel
- Trade Specialists
- Top Level Management
- Risks Officers and Administrators
- Risks Analysts
- Other Related/Interested Professionals and Organizations
Mr. Milligan is a partner in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Milligan co-chairs the firm's Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice group. His practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, franchise litigation, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, consumer and employee class actions, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower and SOX cases, bankruptcy, and other business torts. His practice focuses on trade secret, non-compete, and data protection litigation and transactional work on a state, national, and international platform.
Mr. Milligan represents clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, as well as appellate proceedings. Mr. Milligan also provides advice to clients concerning a variety of business and employment matters, including non-disclosure, non-compete, and invention assignment agreements, corporate investigations, trade secret and intellectual property audits, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, and an assortment of franchise and bankruptcy issues.
Mr. Milligan is a partner in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Milligan co-chairs …
Clients rely on Kristi A. Davidson’s skills, business savvy and dedication to their interests to guide them through high-pressure situations where rapid and creative solutions are key. When business goals cannot be accomplished and disputes cannot be resolved, Kristi advocates for her clients in court. As counselor, advisor and advocate, in meeting rooms and in court rooms, Kristi partners with clients to help position them for the best possible outcome. Kristi co-leads Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC’s Consumer Products Group and has been a regular contributor to Home Furnishing News Magazine. Kristi’s other clients are leaders in the financial services, investment and life sciences sectors. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Kristi was selected to New York - Metro Area Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, placing her in the top 2.5 percent of business litigators in New York City.
Clients rely on Kristi A. Davidson’s skills, business savvy and dedication to their interests to guide them through high-pressure situations …
Alan Albright joined Sutherland in April of 2014. He was formerly a Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Texas, and has a remarkable track record of success in Eastern District of Texas, which apparently is where a lot of patent litigation occurs. He has tried patent cases in several divisions in the Eastern District of Texas, including Marshall, Sherman, and Tyler. For example, he tried a case in Marshall to verdict in November of 2014 on behalf of Newegg, and recently arranged a very favorable settlement for another client in another Marshall case. He defended Overstock.com. in the Tyler division in a three-patent suit two years ago and not only did he win a defense verdict on all three patents but he also invalidated one of the plaintiff’s asserted patents. He successfully represented Microtune as a plaintiff in a competitor suit in a patent jury trial against Broadcom that was filed in Sherman.
Alan also has tried cases in courts across the country, including in Washington State, where he is also admitted to practice. He was one of the lead trial attorneys for Microsoft in the Alcatel-Lucent litigation in San Diego. He recently won a $96 million jury verdict for medical research company in Tacoma, Washington that resulted in a settlement of $70 million. He was one of the lead trial counsel for HP in the summer of 2014 in the bench trial in Chicago related to FRAND royalty rates. He has been lead counsel in a half dozen ITC cases on both sides of the docket. He has represented clients in a number of tutorial and markman hearings. He has tried patent jury trials in Boston and Austin, Texas as well.
Alan Albright joined Sutherland in April of 2014. He was formerly a Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Texas, …
Paul R. Monsees is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience analyzing, litigating and resolving complex commercial disputes including to represent clients in matters concerning employment and competition such as internal investigations, breaches of fiduciary duty, corporate and law firm successor liability, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements, data breach issues, breach of medical practice management contracts, tortious interference with contractual relations and other business torts. Mr. Monsees is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice, Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Team, Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice, Labor & Employment Practice and its Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice. He is also a regular contributor to the Firm’s thought leadership including about trade secret protections, whistleblower claims and employment discrimination. He is chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Litigation Department.
Mr. Monsees represents employers in a broad array of employment issues. When resolution cannot be achieved, Mr. Monsees has litigated employment disputes in federal and state courts and before the EEOC and comparable state employment agencies consistent with the company’s business goals and objectives.
Paul R. Monsees is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington, D.C. He has extensive …
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