2018 Trade Secrets Litigation Roundup

January 16, 2019

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2018 marked an exciting year of trade secret developments and demonstrated the federal government’s increased involvement in protecting trade secrets, a trend expected to continue in 2019. Courts continued to construe the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)—including first impression rulings under the whistleblower and attorneys’ fees provisions—and juries doled out significant damages awards in trade secrets cases. Massachusetts passed a new trade secrets bill. The Trump administration imposed tariffs on China in response to the alleged theft of trade secrets, and also charged nine Iranian nationals for a series of coordinated cyber intrusions.

Jason Schwartz, Greta Williams, Mia Donnelly and Aaron Smith highlight these and other notable trade secrets developments from 2018 in their article “2018 Trade Secrets Litigation Roundup” published by BBNA.

Reproduced with permission, January 15, 2019, from Copyright 2019 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) www.bna.com

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s lawyers are available to assist in addressing any questions you may have regarding the issues discussed in this update.  Please contact the Gibson Dunn lawyer with whom you usually work or the following authors in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office:

Jason C. Schwartz (+1 202-955-8242, [email protected])
Greta B. Williams (+1 202-887-3745, [email protected])
Mia C. Donnelly (+1 202-887-3617, [email protected])

Please also feel free to contact any of the following practice group leaders and members:

Labor and Employment Group:
Catherine A. Conway – Los Angeles (+1 213-229-7822, [email protected])
Jason C. Schwartz – Washington, D.C. (+1 202-955-8242, [email protected])

Intellectual Property Group:
Wayne Barsky – Los Angeles (+1 310-557-8183, [email protected])
Josh Krevitt – New York (+1 212-351-2490, [email protected])
Mark Reiter – Dallas (+1 214-698-3360, [email protected])
Howard S. Hogan – Washington, D.C. (+1 202-887-3640, [email protected])
Michael Sitzman – San Francisco (+1 415-393-8200, [email protected])

Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Group:
Alexander H. Southwell – New York (+1 212-351-3981, [email protected])
Benjamin B. Wagner – Palo Alto (+1 650-849-5395, [email protected])

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