The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”): A Small Step or a Big Leap?
On May 11th of this year, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secret Act (DTSA). The DTSA became effective immediately and is the first federal civil legislation address the protection of trade secrets. The expectation of trade secret owners is that the DTSA will create more uniform protection across the nation. Whether that will occur, and how long it may take before it occurs, is the subject of debate.
What is not debatable, however, is that substantial changes in litigating trade secret disputes are anticipated. The jurisdictional grant of the DTSA will significantly affect the litigation timing and strategy for both plaintiffs and defendants, the jurisdiction for traditional state law claims, and the development of parallel state and federal law for enforcement of trade secret rights.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, two distinguished professionals and thought leaders brought together by The Knowledge Group will help companies and lawyers understand the fundamental and complex aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of the DTSA and will also offer best compliance practices and litigation strategies.
Key topics include:
- The DTSA – An Overview
- Potential Legal Implications
- Litigation Strategies
- Best Compliance Practices
Jackson Lewis P.C.
- Broad Overview of the DTSA
Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP
- Backgrounder: How did we get here?
- Key provisions in terms of coverage and remedies
- What is DTSA supposed to be doing to alleviate this problem?
- Whistleblower immunity notice provisions
- Complaints that have pleaded misappropriation under DTSA
Who Should Attend:
- Trade Practicing Lawyers
- Public and Private Companies
- Data Security Officers
- Multinational Companies
- Trade Counsel
- Trade Specialists
- Top Level Management
- Risk Officers and Administrators
- Risk Analysts
- Other Related Professionals
Peter R. Bulmer is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management nationwide in all facets of employment and labor law. Mr. Bulmer counsels management on employment matters and preventive measures to avoid litigation and, where litigation cannot be avoided, he defends employers before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. He is a featured speaker and author on employment law topics and a past chair of a national association of labor and employment lawyers. Mr. Bulmer has been named one of Illinois’ “Super Lawyers,” a distinction accorded no more than 5% of Illinois lawyers, has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America, and has the highest (AV) Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. He has litigated claims for breach of non-competition agreements, theft of trade secrets (including the use of the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine), breach of the duty of loyalty, and/or civil conspiracy related to unlawful competition in nine states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Bulmer has represented employers in the enforcement of, and executives in defense against enforcement of, non-compete agreements. Mr. Bulmer earned his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Creighton Law Review.
Peter R. Bulmer is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management nationwide in …
Ann Fort protects the IP rights of clients in the U.S. and abroad. A seasoned litigator, her practice encompasses patent infringement, licensing disputes, trade secret protection and unfair competition. She tries cases in both federal and state courts and represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation. Her recent experiences include defending claims brought by non-practicing entities. Ann has handled cases involving financial institution software products, Internet-based information management systems, wireless data transmission systems, automated materials handling systems, ground fault circuit interrupters, power management unit chips, interactive television program guides, computer network security protection systems, and medical information systems.
An active leader in Sutherland’s pro bono program, Ann's public service work includes serving on the board for the Federal Circuit Bar Association PTO Pro Bono Committee, the Southern Center For Human Rights, and TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and the Women in Technology Foundation.
Ann Fort protects the IP rights of clients in the U.S. and abroad. A seasoned litigator, her practice encompasses patent …
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About Jackson Lewis P.C.
With 800 attorneys practicing in major locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis provides creative and strategic solutions to employers in every aspect of workplace law. Recognized as a “Powerhouse” in both Complex and Routine Employment Litigation in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2015 and ranked in the First Tier nationally in Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the world.
About Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP
Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 400 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Sutherland (Europe) LLP in London and Geneva. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1UH. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page. A list of the members of Sutherland (Europe) LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.