AZ Supreme Court: Trade Secrets Act Does Not Preempt Claims for Misappropriation of Confidential Info

I’ve previously written about the Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s (UTSA) preemption provision, which preempts tort and other claims providing civil remedies for trade-secret misappropriation. Yesterday, the Arizona Supreme Court held that the Arizona Trade Secrets Act (ATSA), which is based on the UTSA, does not preempt common-law claims for misappropriation of information that is not a […]

Trade Secrets Summit — December 4-5, 2014

The American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee will be presenting its Trade Secrets Summit this December 4-5, at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. The Summit features a number of very interesting presentations, from judges, prosecutors/FBI agents, professors, and in-house and outside counsel. I will be moderating a panel debating whether Congress should […]

Best Practices for Protecting Trade Secrets: Categories of Employee Contracts

This is the first in a series of posts addressing best practices for protecting trade secrets. I’m starting with employee/independent contractor contracts, which are one of the most important and effective ways to protect proprietary information. Contracts are critical for multiple reasons. First, they inform your employees of their legal responsibilities. Second, it’s generally easier to prosecute a […]