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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 »
Trade Secrets and Employees: Are you covering your Ass(ets)?
Beth McDaniel, JD & Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Contributing Writers
March 19, 2012
Secret formulas, manufacturing pro­cesses, financial information, future product plans, customer lists…what are your trade secrets and what are you doing to protect them from inadvertent or intentional misuse or misappropriation by your ow…  Read More »
Would You Even Know A Trade Secret If It Jumped Up and Bit You Somewhere?
Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Contributing Editor
February 15, 2012
OK. We all know what trade secrets are, right? The formula for Coca Cola is supposedly in a heavily guarded vault in Atlanta (yeah, right). We can all probably agree that if someone swipes the Coke formula, they are guilty of trade secret theft (amon…  Read More »
If We Told You That, We’d Have To... You Know...
Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Technology Litigators, Contributing Editor
January 24, 2012
Protecting novel compositions and processes.  Read More »
Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Contributing Editors
November 30, -0001
Maybe that’s a little harsh. But, that indeed WAS the punishment exacted by Chinese emperors for several thousand years upon anyone caught attempting to export Bombyx mori (silkworms) or mulberry seeds (Morus alba) in order to start internation…  Read More »
Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators
November 30, -0001
A “protective wall of paper”—a series of documents including agreements and restrictive covenants to protect your trade secrets—is your first line of defense against the techno-thief (“The Wall”). Kinda like a lock…  Read More »

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