Republishing DNC’s Stolen Secrets Not Trade Secret Misappropriation

By David G. Barker On April 20, 2018, the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) sued the Russian Federation, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. (the “Campaign”), WikiLeaks, and other defendants relating to the Russian Federation’s theft of documents from the DNC during the 2016 presidential election. Last week, the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, dismissed with prejudice the complaint against the Campaign, WikiLeaks, and the other defendants. The court noted, the “primary wrongdoer in this alleged criminal enterprise is undoubtably the Russian Federation . . . cannot be sued in the courts of the United States for   Read More »

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Glimmers of Justice Gorsuch’s Prospective IP Jurisprudence

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia.  While on the Tenth Circuit, Justice Gorsuch wrote opinions on complex trade secret, copyright, and trademark issues in a detail-oriented manner that indicates balanced treatment of intellectual property owners and challengers. His intellectual property opinions delve into complicated issues and thoroughly explain his reasoning.  But his criticism of Chevron deference, exemplified in his concurring opinion in Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch (2016), raises questions about how he will approach agency interpretation of intellectual property laws. Click here   Read More »

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Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, Posing Myriad New Issues to Consider

Please see this brief video message regarding this important new legislation, signed by President Obama today.

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House of Representatives Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act

The House of Representatives passed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) on April 27, 2016 with a vote of 410-2.  Strong, unified support for the DTSA by the House of Representatives closely followed its unanimous passage by the Senate in early April 2016.  The DTSA now will be presented to President Obama for his signature.

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Defend Trade Secrets Act Progresses

The Defend Trade Secrets Act continues to move through Congress.  Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved the bill without any amendments, sending the DTSA to the House floor for a vote.  If the DTSA passes the House, President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill into law.  We will continue to monitor the DTSA’s progress.

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