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  • Solvents

    Better Living Through Chemistry (Chemical Trade Secrets, That Is)

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators 12.20.12

  • Engaging in unprotected business

    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.
    Beth McDaniel, Technology Litigators 12.04.12

  • When There Is No Way To Stop Your Trade Secrets From . . . Literally . . . Walking Out The Door

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators 10.10.12

  • Professional Strength Trade Secret Audits – Part I

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD; Jon Hurt, PhD; & Beth McDaniel, JD, Technology Litigators 07.24.12

  • DIY Audits of Coatings Companies Trade Secrets

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, JD PhD, Technology Litigators, Contributing Writer 06.05.12

  • The Trade Secret Dance: Lessons From The Litigation Trenches

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators & Paul Stanfield, JD, Stanfield Hiserodt, PLLC 05.15.12

  • Business Operation
    Patent Pendency: A Great Reason to Cherish Your Trade Secrets

    Patent Pendency: A Great Reason to Cherish Your Trade Secrets

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD; and Jon Hurt, PhD, Technology Litigators 04.19.12

  • Business Operation | Market Trends & Forecast
    Trade Secrets and Employees: Are you covering your Ass(ets)?

    Trade Secrets and Employees: Are you covering your Ass(ets)?

    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…
    Beth McDaniel, JD & Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Contributing Writers 03.19.12

  • Business Operation | Market Trends & Forecast
    Would You Even Know A Trade Secret If It Jumped Up and Bit You Somewhere?

    Would You Even Know A Trade Secret If It Jumped Up and Bit You Somewhere?

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Contributing Editor 02.15.12

  • Additives | Business Operation | Market Trends & Forecast
    If We Told You That, We’d Have To... You Know...

    If We Told You That, We’d Have To... You Know...

    Protecting novel compositions and processes.
    Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Technology Litigators, Contributing Editor 01.24.12

  • Appropriate Punishment for Theft of Trade Secrets – Death By Beheading

    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…
    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Contributing Editors 11.30.-1

  • “The Wall” of Your Trade Secret Vault is Made of Paper

    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…
    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators 11.30.-1