• Who Let the State Legislatures Out?

    Steve McDaniel & Jon Hurt December 18, 2015
    || What do you do if someone misappropriates confidential information that is not deemed (ultimately by a court, when push comes to shove in such matters) a trade secret?  Well, depending upon what state in the U.S. has jurisdiction in your case, y…

  • Tying and Bundling - Nice For Your Holiday Giving, Not so Much When You’re Licensing Your IP

    Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators November 13, 2015
    || You’ve developed a cool new additive for a broad spectrum of coatings – even those coatings outside your own “wheelhouse” coatings.  Happens a lot, right?  In order to maximize the return on your R&D investment b…

  • Many Secrets Disclosed Unless Smartly Done!

    Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators September 21, 2015
    || Regulations, regulations, and more regulations.  Though we don’t claim to be experts in untangling and reading government red tape, we’ve done so now and then to keep up to date in our business dealings.  And part of that is dra…

  • The Hot Potato – Handling Someone Else’s Trade Secret

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators July 20, 2015
    || If you find yourself inadvertently in possession of someone else’s trade secret that you are accused of misappropriating, what are your options to defend yourself?  As always, it is circumstance specific.  Your first defense agains…

  • Death, Taxes, Trade Secrets and Other Certainties

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators June 17, 2015
    || Since many of you like to take the extension to file taxes these days (we did), and you have a little time to prepare for next April, now is a good time as any to apply the “early bird gets the worm” strategy should any of the following i…

  • Several Shades of Grey: Who Owns The Trade Secret - The Creator or the Employer?

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Technology Litigators April 17, 2015
    || You want the best most innovative people to work for you.  Sure you do.  You hire them for their specialized expertise in your field of technology.  They are the ones that develop your proprietary technology – your trade secrets.…

  • The Secret about Trade Secrets (In Europe)

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Technology Litigators March 25, 2015
    || Just in time for the European Coatings Show, we finally get around to focusing on protecting your “crown jewels” trade secrets in the EU. So here goes... In the continuing efforts to harmonize trade secret laws and regulations across na…

  • Going to Court: Hard Spots and Rocks!

    by Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators February 23, 2015
    || Civil court is a double-edged sword that can cut you pretty badly when trying to keep your trade secrets actually Secret.  You can go to court specifically to stop use or disclosure of your proprietary information, or even for some reason not re…

  • What the FOIA! Freedom of Information Act vs. Secrecy of Your Trade Secrets

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Contributing Writers December 15, 2014
    || Ahh, the glory of a transparent government.  Everyone can find out what is being done in an open manner when the taxpayers’ dollars are being spent.  That’s a good thing, unless it involves your trade secrets. One way this can…

  • International Trade Commission – Your "Hometown Sheriff" in the Unfair Foreign Competition Shootout

    Steve McDaniel and John Hurt, Contributing Editors October 20, 2014
    || You have decided to expand your coatings business globally.  Good idea.  You have dutifully read all the iPaint articles published in Coatings World for the last two years regarding building a Wall around your company’s intellectual p…

  • Trusting Your Trade Secrets to "Lucky" the Dragon

    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Contributing Editor September 23, 2014
    || Chinese art and cultural beliefs have been dominated by dragons for thousands of years.  The Han Dynasty scholar Wang Fu, sometime between 206 B.C. and A.D. 220, described precisely the complex characteristics of a Chinese Dragon: • Camel h…

  • Welcome Back, For the New Season of the Made-for-CW Drama, iPaint

    Steve McDaniel, JD PhD, Contributing Editor July 7, 2014
    || Overly dramatic? OK, look, I’ll admit it. I am a made-for-TV drama addict.  I can’t wait for the next superstars to populate True Detective, or to see how Red is gonna battle Vee’s contraband prison gang on Orange is the New B…

  • All Good things...Must Come to an End...Unless They're Really Good, Like You Know, Chocolate

    Steve McDaniel, Beth McDaniel and Jn Hurt, Technology Litigators December 11, 2013
    || The year in review.

  • Hacked Off!

    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators October 23, 2013
    || Whatever you do, take measures to lock up your sensitive information.

  • Covering the IP Bases with Different Types of Patent Claims

    John D. Hurt and Steve McDaniel, Technology LItigators August 13, 2013
    || Once in a while, you may decide to try to turn your trade secret coating formulation into a patent despite the various issues (e.g., sluggish time to issuance, appeal or filing a request for continued examination) previously discussed in this series.…

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