Category Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets and the Insider Threat

The Lord of the Rings trilogy ends in suitably spectacular fashion with a battle scene following the retreat of all the good people to “Helms Deep,” a tall stone fortress built into the recess of a massive rock mountain. Seemingly…

Paper Towns & Trade Secrets

A paper town is a fake town created by map makers to protect their copyright. Map makers put fake streets, fake towns, and fake bridges in their maps, so if they see those same fake places on someone else’s map,…

Trade Secrets Audits

An audit is the examination of a specific aspect of an organization, ideally by someone independent of that organization. The purpose of an audit is to provide independent assurance that an organization’s management, governance and processes are operating effectively, and…

Trade Secret Theft in China

“China national charged with stealing trade secrets” – U.S. Justice Department “Chinese battery expert is charged with stealing trade secrets from US employer, as he prepared to join mainland firm” – South China Morning Post “US charges Chinese companies with…

The process for managing trade secrets

A process is an interrelated set of activities designed to transform inputs into outputs, which should accomplish your pre-defined business objectives. Processes should produce an output of value, they very often span across organizational and functional boundaries and they exist…

Trade Secrets 2.0

The enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 in the United States creates a new paradigm and is a watershed event in intellectual property law. Former U.S. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on May…

Transfer Pricing & Trade Secrets

Transfer pricing is probably the most important issue in international corporate taxation. In taxation and accounting, transfer pricing refers to the rules and methods for pricing transactions between enterprises under common ownership or control. A transfer price is the price…

Baker McKenzie Report on Trade Secrets

In June 2017 law firm Baker McKenzie published an highly relevant and interesting report: “The Board Ultimatum, Protect and Preserve. The Rising Importance of Safeguarding Trade Secrets“. Key findings of the survey: Four out of five (82%) senior executives say…