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Flimsy Sealing Order Request Results in the Disclosure of ‘Confidential’ Information

July 9th, 2020

The Federal Circuit today affirmed a district court’s denial of a motion for reconsideration of an intervenor’s opposition to a motion to seal.  In Uniloc 2017 LLC v. Apple, Inc., 2019-1922 (Fed. Cir. Jul. 9, 2020), Uniloc had moved to seal the briefing and record associated with Apple’s motion to dismiss premised on a defect in Uniloc’s ownership rights due to a loan default.  The request covered two categories of documents: (1) company confidential materials and (2) third party confidential materials.  Non-party Electronic Frontier Foundation intervened to obtain public access to the supposedly confidential documents. 

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Sierra Railroaded by Theft of Trade Secrets

May 28th, 2014

On May 1, a federal jury in California awarded $17.4 million in punitive damages be paid by Patriot Rail Company LLC to Sierra Railroad Co. less than two months after awarding a $22.3 million verdict for misappropriation of trade secrets.

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Judge Expresses Concern over Indictment of Ex-Two Sigma Employee

March 26th, 2014

As we previously reported, Kang Gao, a former analyst for Two Sigma Investments, was indicted in New York for 11 counts related to the theft of trade secrets. He is being held on $1 million bail. Two Sigma also sued Gao on civil charges stemming from the same alleged taking of information regarding Two Sigma’s…

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SK Hynix Sued by SanDisk and Toshiba, Employee Arrested in Japan for Theft of Trade Secrets

March 17th, 2014

A large dispute is brewing in both Asia and the United States over the alleged actions of a former employee of flash memory manufacturer SanDisk. On March 13, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Yoshitaka Sugita over actions he took while employed at SanDisk in 2007 and 2008.

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Theft of DuPont Trade Secrets Leads to Guilty Verdict Against Two in $28 Million Conspiracy

March 6th, 2014

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been much more aggressive in investigating and prosecuting federal criminal trade secret matters. This trend continued Wednesday, when a federal jury in California found Mr. Walter Liew and his company, USA Performance Technology Inc., guilty of conspiracy to commit economic espionage and possession of trade…

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Court Finds Actual Use Not Required Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Ex-AMD Employees for Trade Secret Theft

June 25th, 2013

It’s not hard to figure out what happens when a group of rogue employees copy over one million files from their employee’s network immediately prior to taking new positions with a chief competitor. Beyond impressing Dr. Evil with the sheer volume of documents copied, protracted trade secret litigation often ensues!

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