2011 Trade Secrets Litigation Round-Up

January 13, 2012

The need for U.S. companies to protect their trade secrets and other confidential, proprietary information is reflected in the increasing number of significant trade secret and related lawsuits over the past year.  Several high-stakes jury trials resulted in substantial damages awards to victims of trade secret misappropriation.  The Department of Justice also brought several significant criminal prosecutions for trade secret theft and economic espionage, many involving defendants allegedly acting on behalf of foreign state-owned entities.  Corporate executives and law departments would be well advised to follow the recommendation of the U.S. Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive and ensure that "the protection of trade secrets and computer networks is an integral part of all corporate decisions and processes."  

Jason Schwartz, Alexander Southwell and Molly Senger of Gibson Dunn highlight significant 2011 developments in their article "2011 Trade Secrets Litigation Round-Up" published in BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal in January 2012.

Reprinted with permission from BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 1/13/2012.  © 2012, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 

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Labor and Employment Group:
Eugene Scalia – Washington, D.C. (202-955-8206, escalia@gibsondunn.com)

Intellectual Property Group:
Denis R. Salmon – Palo Alto (650-849-5301, dsalmon@gibsondunn.com)
Wayne Barsky – Los Angeles (310-557-8183, wbarsky@gibsondunn.com)
Mark Reiter – Dallas (214-698-3360, mreiter@gibsondunn.com)
Josh Krevitt – New York (212-351-2490, jkrevitt@gibsondunn.com)

Information Technology and Data Privacy Practice Group:
M. Sean Royall – Dallas (214-698-3256, sroyall@gibsondunn.com)
Debra Wong Yang – Los Angeles (213-229-7472, dwongyang@gibsondunn.com)
S. Ashlie Beringer – Palo Alto (650-849-5219, aberinger@gibsondunn.com)
Alexander H. Southwell – New York (212-351-3981, asouthwell@gibsondunn.com)

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