Proposed Law to Punish Trade-Secret Theft by Cyber-Criminals
Trade Secrets

Proposed Law to Punish Trade-Secret Theft by Cyber-Criminals

Cybercrime is estimated to cost the U.S. economy as much as $140 billion per year.  Much of that results from businesses losing competitive advantage due to theft of their trade secrets.  To combat this loss, on Monday Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Lindsey Graham proposed legislation that would give U.S. law enforcement new means of charging … Continue reading

New Trade Secret Protection in Texas, Effective September 2013
Trade Secrets

New Trade Secret Protection in Texas, Effective September 2013

Until recently, Texas has been one of four states that had not adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA).  Now, because of recently signed legislation, that’s all about to change.  As of September 1, 2013, Trade Secret owners will have a new mechanism to protect their intellectual property thanks to Bill 953. According to the Bill Analysis … Continue reading

Covenants Not to Compete – Texas Style
Contracts / Trade Secrets

Covenants Not to Compete – Texas Style

Love them or hate them, if you are in any sort of competitive field, eventually you’ll need to deal with a convenant not to compete.  In this article I’ve summarized the basics of covenants restricting post-employment activities, and related considerations for both employers and employees. “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting … Continue reading

The Way of the Ninja – Protecting Secrets in Business
Trade Secrets

The Way of the Ninja – Protecting Secrets in Business

No one method of protecting ideas will suit all purposes.  Often, when considering how to protect and idea, patents leap to mind.  However, there is a longer standing, often cheaper, and potentially stronger form of IP protection.  Secrets. “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”  Confucius. Clearly, nothing under the law is as straightforward … Continue reading