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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • How to Make a Buck or Two from Licensing Your Trade Secrets

    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…

  • How Much Is That Trade Secret Worth?

    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…

  • Professional Strength Trade Secret Audits – Part I

    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…

  • DIY Audits of Coatings Companies Trade Secrets

    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…

  • The Trade Secret Dance: Lessons From The Litigation Trenches

    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…

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

    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…