Trade-Secrets Interview: Pamela Passman of (Part 2)

Last week, I published part 1 of my interview with Pamela Passman, CEO of regarding its recent trade-secrets report. Here’s part 2: Protecting Trade Secrets: You have done an excellent job setting forth a framework for companies to protect their trade secrets. But I have two issues with your approach. First, I am concerned that […]

Protecting Trade Secrets Blog Quoted in the New York Times

The New York Times has been covering the dispute between David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital and an anonymous blogger who published Greenlight’s confidential investment strategy. I wrote about the case here. The New York Times published an article about the case that includes a quote from my blog post: “Laws prohibiting trade-secret misappropriation by definition restrict speech,” […]

Trade-Secrets Interview: Pamela Passman of

Protecting Trade Secrets is launching a new regular feature, where we will interview people of interest in the trade-secrets world. Starting with Pamela Passman, President and CEO of “The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping companies and their suppliers and business partners reduce corruption and IP […]

9th Circuit Affirms Attorney Sanctions in Trade-Secrets Case

In Heller v. Cepia, Judge Jeffrey White sanctioned the plaintiff’s attorney under Rule 11 and ordered him to pay the defendant $5,000. This week, the 9th Circuit affirmed. Both the district court’s and 9th Circuit’s opinions are linked below. The plaintiff designed a toy hamster and shared a prototype with one of the defendants. While […]