JAPAN PASSES PARTIAL REVISION OF PATENT ACT AND DESIGN ACT
The Diet of Japan has passed a partial revision of the Japanese Patent Act and Design Act. It creates a system under which neutral technological experts will conduct on-site inspections of suspected infringers. It also addresses the method of calculating damages. Further, the Act expands the scope of designs subject to protection and changes the duration of design rights. An outline of the legislation is available here.
THIS WEEK ON IPO’S IP CHAT CHANNEL™ — REASONABLE MEASURES TO PROTECT TRADE SECRETS: LESSONS FOR LITIGATORS AND IN-HOUSE COUNSEL
Tune in to the IPO IP Chat Channel™ on Thursday, 30 May, at 2:00p.m. ET, to hear an expert panel analyze cases where plaintiff-companies could not point to specific protective steps they had taken to protect their trade secrets, resulting in defendants prevailing via a motion to dismiss, summary judgment, or at trial. Because Congress only passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act in 2016, and countries in Europe were only required to implement the EU Trade Secrets Directive by June 2018, the law surrounding the meaning of the “reasonable measures” requirement for trade secrets is still evolving. This webinar will provide useful practice tips for corporate counsel on how to try to avoid a frustrating fate and for litigators who want to score victories on behalf of either aggrieved owners or defendants.
Our panel includes an in-house counsel at a global technology company, KENNETH CORSELLO (IBM Corp.); SHANNON MURPHY (Winston & Strawn LLP), a data protection attorney who conducts trade secret investigations; and DAVID MORRISON (Goldberg Kohn), a litigator who recently defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by a plaintiff in a federal trade secret case. They will discuss such measures as:
• Differentiating protective measures for alleged proprietary trade secrets from those imposed on other corporate information;
• Showing optimal terms in a confidentiality agreement; and
• Having procedures to limit access for departing employees.
IP Chat Channel™ webinars are recorded and available on our website after the live webinars. CLE granted in many states.
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Austin Statesman Reports on Restaurants’ Trademark Infringement Dispute
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Last week Deadline reported that heirs of the composers of the Andy Griffith Show’s theme song sued CBS for copyright infringement, claiming that CBS is selling DVDs of the series that feature “Theme For the Andy Griffith Show” without authorization.