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Steve McDaniel, Beth McDaniel and Jn Hurt, Technology Litigators
December 11, 2013
The year in review.  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators
October 23, 2013
Whatever you do, take measures to lock up your sensitive information.   Read More »
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.…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators
June 6, 2013
Don't take IP from the University, give it to them   Read More »
Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators
April 1, 2013
So, can a trade secret thief benefit from his heist and walk away totally unscathed? Oh yeah. Can the scoundrel make a ton of money from it right under the nose of the rightful owner? You bet. Does society sometimes even reward the rogue for his stic…  Read More »
Beth McDaniel & u2028Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators
March 1, 2013
Non-competition.  The very term seems un-American.  In this country, we are all about competition, free, unfettered, plain old American competition.  Right?  Right.  That pretty much sums up the same attitude that the America…  Read More »
by Jonathan D. Hurt and Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators
February 7, 2013
All right, you’ve spent the time and money to create and guard your trade secrets from misappropriation.  Wonderful!  But your business model is at least partly based on others paying you to use your trade secrets.  Perhaps you h…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators
January 15, 2013
The law imposes a “value” standard on trade secrets.  A trade secret is valuable (in one rendition of such laws) and thus protectable if it gives its owner “an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators
December 20, 2012
In this space, we have spent considerable time discussing the laws of trade secrecy.  That’s what us lawyers do – geek out on the law.  But, if you look up under my crisp Armani suit (yeah, like I have one!), what you will find…  Read More »
Beth McDaniel, Technology Litigators
December 4, 2012
In this article, we will explore the situation where your trade secrets have been absconded in the hands of a mid-level employee, only to discover that you have failed to contractually protect yourself. No Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) exists to set out the limitations on disclosure of your trade secrets and remedies for misappropriation.  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators
October 10, 2012
One of your highest level managers, one with complete access to all your inside information and trade secrets, quits and immediately heads over to your direct competitor. He does not have a covenant-not-to-compete, and maybe not even a binding non-di…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD; Jon Hurt, PhD; & Beth McDaniel, JD, Technology Litigators
July 24, 2012
Regardless of whether you have conducted a DIY trade secret audit (good idea) or not (not good - asking for trouble), you should consider finalizing your trade secret protection with a professional third party audit. Why? Because having your security…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, JD PhD, Technology Litigators, Contributing Writer
June 5, 2012
The DIY approach looms large in certain sectors of our industry, with do-it-yourselfers painting everything from model cars to kitchens to yachts. As discussed in previous iPaint columns, trade secrets as a means to gain competitive edges also have a…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators & Paul Stanfield, JD, Stanfield Hiserodt, PLLC
May 15, 2012
Queen’s Counsel: You have testified to this Court that you personally handed any bloke who walked into my client’s front office the computer code that contains its trade secrets, no questions asked. Is that right, Mr. Smythe? Witness: Wh…  Read More »
Patent Pendency: A Great Reason to Cherish Your Trade Secrets
Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD; and Jon Hurt, PhD, Technology Litigators
April 19, 2012
So, rather than protecting your product and your market share using trade secrets, you opt to patent your new and exciting additive, coating formulation, paint container, paint sprayer, etc., in the United States. Let’s say the U.S. is a huge m…  Read More »

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