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  • Who Let the State Legislatures Out?

    Steve McDaniel & Jon Hurt || December 18, 2015
    What do you do if someone misappropriates confidential information that is not deemed (ultimately by a court, when push comes to shove in such matters) a trade secret?  Well, depending upon what state in the U.S. has jurisdiction in your case, y…

  • Many Secrets Disclosed Unless Smartly Done!

    Steve McDaniel, Technology Litigators || September 21, 2015
    Regulations, regulations, and more regulations.  Though we don’t claim to be experts in untangling and reading government red tape, we’ve done so now and then to keep up to date in our business dealings.  And part of that is dra…

  • The Hot Potato – Handling Someone Else’s Trade Secret

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators || July 20, 2015
    If you find yourself inadvertently in possession of someone else’s trade secret that you are accused of misappropriating, what are your options to defend yourself?  As always, it is circumstance specific.  Your first defense agains…

  • Death, Taxes, Trade Secrets and Other Certainties

    Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators || June 17, 2015
    Since many of you like to take the extension to file taxes these days (we did), and you have a little time to prepare for next April, now is a good time as any to apply the “early bird gets the worm” strategy should any of the following i…

  • Trusting Your Trade Secrets to "Lucky" the Dragon

    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Contributing Editor || September 23, 2014
    Chinese art and cultural beliefs have been dominated by dragons for thousands of years.  The Han Dynasty scholar Wang Fu, sometime between 206 B.C. and A.D. 220, described precisely the complex characteristics of a Chinese Dragon: • Camel h…

  • Welcome Back, For the New Season of the Made-for-CW Drama, iPaint

    Steve McDaniel, JD PhD, Contributing Editor || July 7, 2014
    Overly dramatic? OK, look, I’ll admit it. I am a made-for-TV drama addict.  I can’t wait for the next superstars to populate True Detective, or to see how Red is gonna battle Vee’s contraband prison gang on Orange is the New B…

  • All Good things...Must Come to an End...Unless They're Really Good, Like You Know, Chocolate

    Steve McDaniel, Beth McDaniel and Jn Hurt, Technology Litigators || December 11, 2013
    The year in review.

  • Hacked Off!

    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators || October 23, 2013
    Whatever you do, take measures to lock up your sensitive information.

  • Non-Compete Agreements – One Size Does Not Fit All

    Beth McDaniel & u2028Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD, Technology Litigators || March 1, 2013
    Non-competition.  The very term seems un-American.  In this country, we are all about competition, free, unfettered, plain old American competition.  Right?  Right.  That pretty much sums up the same attitude that the America…

  • Professional Strength Trade Secret Audits – Part I

    Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD; Jon Hurt, PhD; & Beth McDaniel, JD, Technology Litigators || July 24, 2012
    Regardless of whether you have conducted a DIY trade secret audit (good idea) or not (not good - asking for trouble), you should consider finalizing your trade secret protection with a professional third party audit. Why? Because having your security…